Tevin Campell tweeted in Setswana & SA loved it!

US singer Tevin Campbell shook SA when, out of the blue, he tweeted in Setswana/Sesotho.
US singer Tevin Campbell shook SA when, out of the blue, he tweeted in Setswana/Sesotho.
Image: Facebook/Tevin Campbell

On a random Thursday night, US singer Tevin Campbell decided to tweet in Setswana and Twitter was so excited they gave him a new name and suggested he come get a piece of land at home.

Tevin's tweet was a simple goodnight message, but because it was in one of Mzansi's official languages, tweeps were curious about the motives behind it.

"Robala sentle! Toro segolo SA," he wrote on Twitter.

Just recently, America was showing a vested interest in knowing what “abelungu a ba yazi ngiyaxoka” in isiXhosa means, thanks to Trevor Noah, and now, after Tevin tweeted in Setswana, it seems our local languages are becoming the languages to learn.

Even if it's just a few phrases.

While most South Africans had no problem understanding what he was saying, his fans abroad questioned Tevin about it. 

He shared a mini-explainer, saying his tweet meant "Sleep well! Dream big South Africa!".

SA was super proud of Tevin's attempt and  gave him a new name, Tebogo (which means gratitude in Setswana), and told him they are ready to share a piece of the land with him.

Good one Tebza... dira o tle gae!

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