SpongeBob SquarePants has been making kiddies (and adults) laugh since 17 July 1999 and has been hailed as the number one kids’ animated series.

But while the first episode aired in the 90s, SpongeBob was actually born on 14 July 1986.

To help celebrate his very special 36th birthday, Nickelodeon recently announced it would air the first ever isiZulu SpongeBob SquarePants episode.

The commemorative episode is a first for Africa and will provide audiences with a beautifully immersive experience as they enjoy all the antics in Bikini Bottoms, per Times Live.

“This is one of the many steps we are taking in our commitment to being more inclusive and more localised, while celebrating Africa’s rich and colourful heritage and local languages,” said Dillon Khan, senior vice-president Nickelodeon Africa.

Here’s a look at the first episode

While the episode is dedicated to SpongeBob and him turning a year older, Nickelodeon stated it was also a great way to celebrate isiZulu and its place as an official language in South Africa.

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