THE OVERSABI CLICHE AND MEDIOCRITY IN NIGERIAN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS
If you've ever been within the Nigerian academic environment, it's common to hear the oversabi cliché and its other synonyms such as ITK and 'I too know' bandied around.
Oversabi as they call it, isn't an English word. It derives its origin from the Nigerian pidgin, a severely distorted version of the English language.It has been taken to mean overdoing something- an assignment, a test, and activity, or anything in particular.
Of particular importance is its use within the academic environment, where it is used most times in describing students who present unique coursework.
In order not to suffer the infamy of being termed an oversabi, students now turn in bland and mediocre works. Ingenuity has been jettisoned for mediocrity! A lectures gives a task to a group of students, they head over to google, do a few cut and paste, and immediately, assignments are ready for submission.
Not content with that, those who dared to stand out with well researched works get labelled as ITK, with its many variations.
You'd rather be an ITK, an oversabi, and an 'I too know' than be a mediocre. We don't have to you use the oversabi cliché to justify mediocrity! Don't kill ingenuity in the name of undersabiism. When you are given a task to do, go ahead and do it as best as you can.
When you're confronted with the oversabi cliché you'd do well by replying with the undersabi and 'i no know' cliché.
Oversabi will earn you that eye-popping CGPA!