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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Sign language translator at Nelson Mandela's memorial was a fake!

How embarrassing! Lol. According to South Africa's Deaf Federation, the sign translator who was seen by millions of people on TV translating at Nelson Mandela's Memorial Service yesterday was a fake, who was making up his own signs. SADF said the man, seen moving his hands beside world leaders as they gave their speech at FNB stadium, communicated nothing that made sense. 
"The structure of his hand, facial expressions and the body movements did not follow what the speaker was saying. I was really upset and humiliated. He made up his own signs. What happened at the memorial service is truly a disgraceful thing to see. It should not happen at all. It will be forever aligned with Nelson Mandela & Deaf Community, thanks to this fake interpreter.'  A member of the World Deaf Federation said

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Kolawole taiye said...

Hahahahahaha! Wat d hell?! So fake sign language translator dey too? Nufin person no go see for dis world wey we dey so!!!

Kolawole taiye said...

Hahahahahaha! Wat d hell?! So fake sign language translator dey too? Nufin person no go see for dis world wey we dey so!!!

Anonymous said...

LoL he wants to be famous Noni La cream boss says so

Anonymous said...

Jeeez! So sad...EvE

fase oluwafunmilayo said...

Lolzzz... Wonders shall never end!

Anonymous said...

lol
first to comment sha
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bonita bislam said...

Hehhehe so y were dey faking na? Tank God 4dis deaf association 4d insight.I neva knew

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Lolz!!! See gobe.

DoubleV said...

Fake sign language nothing person no go see and hear, Disgraceful indeed.

SLEEKREEK said...

Hahahaha.......shit happens jare....lol

NennyD said...

Hmmmm, nawa oooo. So we now have fake sign translators? ....ihe nile nweziri fake**smh**

Anonymous said...

Hehehe nothing we no go see o

kelly peter said...

Lolzz funny.. D guy deserve hot slap

Folashade Falade said...

Ewooooooooooooo chaiiiiiii I cant laugh..na real disgrace

ST. KIZITO BOUTIQUEZ said...

People can't just do without fraud. Damn

Musa Danjuma said...

Kai Africans!!!
who got him there?
I think that's breach of security
He would just had harm those leaders ooo
Its a very serious issue thank God nothing happened

Ezekiel Akinbo said...

yanga dey sleep trouble go wake am

Anonymous said...

Okay we have heard, lets See the next

Anonymous said...

Ndia abiakwa...... Biko der should forget dis tin jor

Anonymous said...

Sharp guy! D guy jus sharply form him own nd am sure he was paid heavily. Disgracing tho...he shld be caned.

BONARIO NNAGS said...

I feel someone is taking it personal,coz he wasn't picked.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Anonymous said...

You guys just did not understand the accent of his sign language....lol



MayowaBaby

fortunechiby ojukwu said...

Hahahahaha,Everytn nw na scam.u go fear

Cute G said...

The deaf shd go on rampage.This is indeed an embarrassment.He shd face Deaf Charges.lol

Anonymous said...

It's a pity. Chai!

Abimbola said...

Hmmm.......na wa ooooo. Fake sign translator.

HATERS-SLAYER said...

lol!.really i dont know wot to say about this.

Alexandra Ada said...

See mogbe, d man sef looks fake

Nikky said...

Na wa o.

Oshlan said...

Lmao.... how embarrassing indeed....the man sef looks like an umpire

Anonymous said...

Lmao!!!


Loris

tina adache said...

Oh Really?!!!... He mite b partially deaf!....he shulda just chilled instead of translating sumtin else....

Anonymous said...

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Mochakidz happiness said...

Lol all na hustle oooo no tym (

Anonymous said...

Lol,thats very bad though.who hired him to come interprete self

Ajayi Yemmy said...

Is he nt supposed to be arrested with immedaite effect?

Bangress Lee said...

Na wao! Shame really!

How something like this could happen is a puzzle

Anonymous said...

As I watched the memorial service y/day and saw the guy making those signs,I said to myself: it's either he doesn't know what he's doing or he was overdoing it and boom! So it turned out! What a disgrace indeed!

Anonymous said...

I knew those signs were wrong, I was telling a colleague of mine who was from Kenya yesterday that those signs were absolutely wrong. He called me around 11 am this morning to check daily mail. This is a total shame to Africa.

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xtian said...

ahh lip sealed

Ela Nneka Mbaomah said...

Ok nah

frank uche said...

Lmao,so embarassing! He shouuld have just kept to himself na

Ajanaku oluwakemi said...

Lol@fake interpreter.

Anonymous said...

dats 2 bad,

I MUST CHOP LINDA MONEY said...

Welcome to Africa AKA afi-ika *always trouble*

Anonymous said...

It crossed my mind too! i became suspicious when i noticed his signs were repetitive and body language reminded me of a General in the army=Hitler!
Its a shame South Africa and a pity this blunder has been included in HISTORY & cannot be erased!

Qlatifah said...

He was to be seen by the world by all means, lmao.

McQ said...

Now that's a serious security issue.

Igwe said...

What message will our young people convey as they eat breakfast before heading off to school every morning, if companies start selecting academic superstars to endorse their products, put people of intellect on their cereal boxes instead of athletes and entertainers. But we can bet that our society's survival will depend more on intellectual than on athletic prowess or entertainment. What do you think?

LAST TO COMMENT said...

Nawao there's nothing we won't see lmao

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm dz deaf community sha want to be heard...ok we haf hear una...so make una park well abeg

hope emeghara said...

Later som ODE's go say na naıja corrupt pass!
In other news,ı honestly want 2 learn that sıgn language.I c lot of deaf n dumb pıpz n ı get dıs feelıng..They sıt so calm n just stare..dey r ın a world of Theır's.I wısh ı knew theır communıcatıon skıllz..Most tym ı wanna gıst,play,crack jokes n make 'em smyl..
I wont relent Though!
Hell yeah!,ı dıgressed.And so? *ın terry G's voıce*
Sue mıı ıf yhu can :p

samuel nosa said...

Hahahaahaha...I no fit laff,d dude was making up his own signs..lol..Leumas

Tiana said...

LOL, jezzzzzzz who would ever want to do a thing dat has no meaning? Dis is stupidity na

Nsikan Davies said...

Kai! Shame catch me no be small..

Anonymous said...

Lwkmh* is he frm aba?? Cuz dia tinz na fake*divy*

Anonymous said...

Ahahaha... that is comical. I cant stop laughing? What was he thinking? Im sure corruption had a major thing to do with this? Lol... oh my dear Agrica, you guys' shame has no boundary. Lmbo!!! Too funny. For his punishment, he should be forced to take a sign language class. Lmbo and make him rewatch the video of himself making an international fool of himself. Lol. Oh my, made my day today reading this.

special said...

Hahahhahahahhahahahhaha! Choi! DAT man must be an igbo man!!!! No dulling, if an igbo man doesn't have wat u are looking for he will gv u wat he has nd convince u to go home smiling wit it.*shinesteeth*

ERV PEARLES said...

His a learner via 2700

Rough Diamond said...

Ok

Igor said...

I saw this yesterday.Does it mean that they do not have people that can do the sign language ? Imagine deaf and dumb people not following the event.Nothing wey people no fit arrangee.If na for Naija,dey for don call us names tire.SMH # continues to watch Napoli vs Arsenal match#

Anonymous said...

Really? I saw it bt since I dnt know sign language, I tot it was so totful of south africans to hv brought him in. Then who recommended him?

Anonymous said...

Lmao...can't believe it.
~ Ucee

hilary obiorah said...

Omo me ma I wonder cos the speed at which he was going, I come wonder whether na sign language wey I know. But maybe he no dey sign for English, maybe na swahili? LMAO

LIZBETH said...

Lol!! Very Funny.. BUh I hope d lady that was translating on d MadibaChannel(dstv) was authentic tho... Cos @ some point,her gestures made me laff.

switchloe said...

aw possible? Is it dat he dosent knw d signs or he does buh preferd to interprete smtin else? I refuse to believe dis story......pls oo am still beggin 4 d 100k,i seriously need it pls linda. Hlp me out

donnyperry said...

Hahahahahaha...nothing wey person no go hear.At some point 2,I actually doubted his interpretation,cos he was doing virtually d same sign all d time.

omalich Uj said...

A white woman was the South African translator not this man

Collinz Sayz said...

Na wah oh, d guy na sharp guys too, na funny funny tins just dey happen 4 dat memorial ni...... Firstpapa goodluck was snubbed, den papa obama remembered back in d old days wen he took foto with his friends and decide too do it in d memorial, d only fin missing in d pix is dat dey didn't paout deir lips, now dis, d guy na sharp guy, I sure say em no undastand werin dem dey talk na why..

Anonymous said...

Wey SADF dey b4? Hw did d man get dere in d first place?

success igbinoba said...

Hahahahahahahaah na wah ooooo

Collinz Sayz said...

Ehen linda how far na, am still hoping on u oh bout d 100k, please oh....... Love you...

Mondola Stainless said...

Medicine aftr death,aftr he made a fool of all of dem,its now dey ar complainin.What if he wz a terrorist.

janelicious said...

Hai fake kwa

prettytweetty said...

Ehyah so bad

Anonymous said...

Everything about him looks fake

Raylah said...

Can u just imagine d embarassment? They'd have been better of without a translator instead of a fake.
P.s: Linda don't forget my100k...muaah

Anonymous said...

Everything about him looks fake

ebere said...

Wonders, if itz true then itz disgraceful

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Irene Azogu said...

Nawa oooooo,,,,,,,wonders shall never end.........

Almaz Petkov said...

ThankGod! Now dem know its not only in nija tinz are fake. Lmao

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neky benson said...

Lol I tink sai na only 9ja d@ kan tyn dey hpen.....

Anonymous said...

Very unfortunate. But then again come to think about it, the guy only interpreted what he understood from all the grammar flying over his head! No be im fault.

Raylah said...

Loooool... Looking at the 1st picture again I cnt imagine what was going through his mind as he created his own sign language.
P.s: Linda don't forget my100k...muaah

pwitie B said...

Linda dis talk d funi mi ooo one mama ifu even mentioned it earlier on another post didn't tek it seriously who ever brought him @1st the person should have known better choi I no fit laf see his funny lookin face d man sha don famz wit world leaders na achievement b dat oo

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Adanna Kristie said...

Lwkmd.. Only God knws wat d man wz saying. He could as well be cursing the dignitaries gathered there.lolz

APHRODITE said...

Damn! BUSTED!!! But aw cud he try dt shit in front of thousands of people? Lol

Chibuike Ngwoke said...

Lool, r yhu kidding me? Did he bring himself there

Momo said...

Shame on him!

Iyke Igboaka said...

Wether fake or original iyke dnt knw cus I dnt understand it ooo...............

Anonymous said...

Nawa oh, what we actually saw on tv was a sign language female translator with a blue-ish background. Dat one was damn tooo fake. After dem go dey cause naija say we dey dubious.

Anonymous said...

How do u knw dt d translation was fake? Wen u Linda can not translate for 5mins,cos lady really tired it's not easy to do Wat she did for hours,so Linda shut d hell up & praise her.

Anonymous said...

Thats very bad of Him

Anonymous said...

Yea ! I knew it!!! I saw hi, especially wen bishop was talking. He was doin almost d same sign, d nxt tin he'll put his hand on d ear den chest den lock d two fingers and to his chest again! U talk am say dis man de like e no sabi. Evn wen obama stopped talking dis man still de do hand like wetin i no no. Abeg who employ am??????

hannah oyindamola said...

Lol una no wan make the man bcome celeb

dhobiz said...

And they say Nigeria is corrupt,they couldn't even respect the dead

yoshbaby said...

Lol very funny matter

Anonymous said...

Could he be that he was translating in one of the African languages and not English?? Also, who hired him?

Anonymous said...

LooOooooOooooolz

badoo of Toronto said...

Lmao

philip ayomiotan said...

Den all those deaf and dump won't understand any of wat i going on during d memorial service, mehn!!, its a disaster...

Anonymous said...

nawa o! so someone got that contract, employed a fake and chopped the money.

Kay Dollars said...

Nah so life be

Anonymous said...

Lols. Dude even looks funny. Linda am so hopeful 0137589785 gtbank amen....

Mocherry said...

Dats an insult to dia personality. He mmust be punished

Anonymous said...

really bad

whitney arsenal said...

Lol,the man would make an excellent actor

Anonymous said...

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happy pikin said...

LMAO...what won't I hear

Gerald Olisah said...

Lobatan!! Hehehee I LAUGH IN FRENCH...the Oga don count em fingers finish collect em dough go lounge..anything una de talk concern una for there...#BadtSharpGuy. U can imagine...can't just stop laughing.

CU said...

I was a bit skeptical when I watched the video live...the signs weren't making much sense as most of the gestures had the same coordination! Smh.

happy pikin said...

Na wa o! Odikwa serious

Olaoluwa Eeboola said...

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Agunbiade victor said...

Lol. Thought as much. Don't know anytin abt the sigh language though buh sumtin was telling me he was doing nonsense

Anonymous said...

dis is really a disgrace to south africans..

Chinonye Sarah said...

Where on earth did the translator come from and who hired him????????

Oge Mary said...

Hmmmm ppl of d world a such a funny ppl God help us ooo

Anonymous said...

How did they know since they can't hear what the speaker was saying anyways

Anonymous said...

Thought so too ! Something just did not add up !

G- EBONY said...

""Comment undergoing approval via G-Ebony...please wait..."
Bunch of attention seekers + different pple wit diverse accent hw e wan take hear all.

miss cruella said...

OMG!!! We Africans always have a way of painting ourselves bad. Or maybe we can also blame this on the *white man.

miss cruella said...

OMG!!! We Africans always have a way of painting ourselves bad. Or maybe we can also blame this on the *white man.

Esterish esther said...

Hmmmmm

Anonymous said...

Annoying,am happy ithis didn't happen in Nigeria would have added to another national disgrace

Anonymous said...

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InfoNubia.com said...

lol..Why couldn't they have gotten a real sign language translator and save themselves this embarrassment?

G- EBONY said...

""Comment undergoing approval via G-Ebony...please wait..."
Bunch of attention seekers + different pple wit diverse accent hw e wan take hear all.

Anonymous said...

My brother is deaf so I know signs when I see it,immediately I saw this man on tv doing the signs,i said to myself that this is fake,cos I know their signs,he repeated one sign fifty times in a minute,that is wrong he is a criminal, it's not fair

Taiwo Gbadegesin Adetayo said...

MY sister dat is Their own wahala. D $$ Is my 0wn

Tomwhizzkid said...

Wot can pple nt do bcos of money? He needed d money. Dts all

OlᵘwᵃDᵅᵐ!lᵒlᵃ said...

Hahahah! like seriously? Are they sure?

jtbillz said...

That's terrible...

Anonymous said...

Wtf!!! Dix is serious'' #anywz wedr or not d man is a fake'', mandela is alredi laid..#

ADERONKE AROGUNDADE said...

Ha haaa, Oga oooo, hehehehehehe

Anonymous said...

People sha get issues! So na the translator now come be the wahala. Did they or did they not understand up to 50% of what he was translating? At least I believe they heard the part of 'rest in peace'. Smh

Shyla

Ariesbabe said...

Hmmm, bt y would they do smtn lyk dat or was it so hard to get a real sign translator? #I kip wonderin sha#

chidinma jack said...

When I saw dat man I knew somtin was wrong.lol fake translator

Teemah Salau said...

Fuck!

Anonymous said...

To think he actually stood in front of the whole world! He has guts!

Anonymous said...

Everything is either fake, pirated or substandard these days. Its a shame that such thing happen in a gathering like that sha. *ThatFunctionGuy*

Anonymous said...

O ma se o! I knew there was sometin off abt that translator especially his facial expression. I couldn't help buh laugh thru out d duration i watched his sign interpretation. #RIP Madiba

olubukola luro said...

Gobe.....y didnt the deaf fed delegate 1, of their own dats too bad ooo...i teach signs language nd i knw hw humilating it could be

Victoria George said...

Ok ooo,wonders shall never end.

tayo said...

Heard investigatons were going on as at dis afternoon...tis rly weird

Swaggs isimemen said...

Eiya so bad

Swaggs isimemen said...

Eiya so bad of him if its trough...

dee said...

since we don't have a translator.. let's improvise,lol

Edy James said...

Hmmmmmmmmmm

temmy thayour said...

Shiit got me laughing...iissookkaayy

Swaggs isimemen said...

Eiya so bad of him....

Glammo! said...

Hehehehhehehheheeee! D dude no wan dull nii! Business na business. My respect to Sir Mandela. Still laffn hard sha.

Fammie said...

I noticed that too, sign language always involves some funny facial expressions, I have seen some of the deaf use their sign language to communicate and I tell you it's interesting to watch, the said man was not giving any facial expressions, no body movement, just the movement of his hands.. I watched it on SABC and the SABC translator's signs were totally different from what the oga in the FNB stadium was doing and it looked genuine like the one I have seen the deaf do, facial expressions, body movement and at times the tongue comes out or so.. The FNB Oga looks more like a choir conductor with what he was doing...Me no be deaf na I just bone dey listen to the one wey I understand...

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cooltessboi said...

So wonders like this happens there too? Thought its naija things.

_Travis_ said...

hang this dimwit. N dont forget to plank d midget perpetrators to death! Corrupt monkeys.

Mzz Becky Wright said...

Shit happens, just as peeps chew their mouths during some choir ministration. *did that once though*

Atobatele said...

Can there be any reason for that or can I call it beefing....Wonder why a fake interpreter wil be use in such gathering.

morientes bassey said...

I guess dis 1 won't make world deaf federation go on strike! Lol

Olaleye Adisa said...

OMG, is that mean dey can't get gud interpreter or wat? Dat was serious disgrace to the organisers.

Olaleye Adisa said...

OMG, is that mean dey can't get gud interpreter or wat? Dat was serious disgrace to the organisers.

Quintessence said...

LOL.

helena said...

Nawa...if d interpreter cudnt do the job,he shldnt hv opted to do it in d first instance...Sme ppl are jst mad oh..

Faithybluez said...

Its not funny meeeen 2 bad

That nkwerre gal said...

Sign language differ from country to country. What if he was using the British sign language ? Why would someone go through the pain of faking SL?

Anonymous said...

Lip sealed ... Pookypie

Anonymous said...

A member of d deaf community, who is probably deaf, so ow did d person hear wat d speaker was sayin to conclude d sign language was wrong

Anonymous said...

Interesting..... At a point I had the same thinking when he was demonstrating but if its true then its crazy. Maybe he used southafrican style sha.....hehehehehe

Abare Nelly said...

Disgrace!!!

BOSS LIB said...

I knew the niccur was a fake,wif d attitude nd swag he was puttin into the translation!!!

Miss Fola said...

Buhahaha

feyi fassy said...

Probabily he was translating into swahili,afrikaans or even igbo language, Lolzzz

joseph ikye junior said...

i guess d member of d world deaf association wil be an english man..n d guy who dey said is fake wil been a south african interpretin for is fellow deaf south african..lol..n my guy no understand african style..lol

joseph ikye junior said...

becuz i see no reason they wil pay for a fake guy..lol.

macky said...

Hmmmm? Ihe n'eme!

Anonymous said...

Watched it oon CNN today...lol He looked fake enough anyway. Making the same hand movements over and over----C21

Adegboyega Lawal said...

Hahaha I suspected that also the way he was squeezing his mouth and placing is palm under each other intermittently.. The guy done shine just thinking how they let such happen

Anonymous said...

This is unbelievable!
Was he not well trained or is it that he just want to express his own words?

Spaco Jolly said...

Sound funny bt,am nt surprise!

Anonymous said...

Lol, major security lapse. Funny now but imagine if he'd been armed. He had incredible access to the big dogs and doggettes.

Anonymous said...

I am not aware that sign language is uniform in all country and with different languages. During this time the one I saw on BBC was a woman interpreting with sign language. Does it mean those who speak English with accent are fake English speakers?

Lanceslot Alanza said...

That's so bad.... The need to be arrested and prosecuted asap. wtf

Anonymous said...

Lmao! I'm just wondering what was going through his head while he was "interpreting". Kai people sha

Anonymous said...

Hahaha @ Deaf charges.Cute G,U aint serious.

Anonymous said...

LMAO.Bad girl.deaf charges indeed.

diamondblinqZ said...

E no funny o if na true. Y will d guy do dat? Abi dem don upgrade while d member complainin no kn ni?

Chikaka said...

Wasn't that a security threat?

Bally said...

So killin tho! But i think as some words have difren meanin so ar some signs, so it could b dat d person complainin is stil left behind and he is just tryin to b notice lol...

Vivian Lambert said...

Oh! I said it that his signs looks different...what a shame.

Petro... T said...

Hehehehehe.... See how serious the guy is self. Very mean.......looolzz. Everybody is living a fake life even you...so what do u expect?

Anonymous said...

Lol anon 10:15.....u got it right! U watched it. Tot same tin

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mike said...

wahala day

Olufunmi Afolabi said...

So he misled millions of people... wat will we not see in Africa smh

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D DOCTOR said...

I knew something was off when he kept repeating the same signs in every speech, dts coming from me who's not deaf,I spotted he was off key......wow. But pls let d deaf community take it easy

BLOGLORD said...

Hiannn!
Lip sealed

Anonymous said...

Honestly. I had same feeling while I was watching the memorial. The guy was really doing break dance on stage, and I felt he was very unserious

Anonymous said...

Lool... So funny n embarrassing...maybe he had an ulterior motive...*jez saying*

Dominic said...

lool....so funny and embarrassing...maybe he had an ulterior motive...who knows..*just saying*

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