English and creative writing student rapped his dissertation and received first-class degree
A hip-hop loving student, Nicholas Uzoka, 22, who submitted a 21-track album instead of a 10,000-word dissertation for his final coursework has earned himself a first-class honors degree.
Nicholas Uzoka was studying English and creative writing at the Norwich’s University of East Anglia.
Nicholas’ thesis, titled The First Stone: An Oratorio, was an exploration of his relationship with God through the metaphor of relationships with women.
Nicholas says he ‘chose to combine the classical oratorio format with hip-hop genre to emphasize the tension between societies classical ideas of God and religion with the modern way of life’.
He said: “Instead of choosing to write my dissertation, I chose to rap it. I am a rapper, that’s my best form of artistic expression and the uni was kind enough to allow me to accommodate my particular style of poetry into their course.”
The musician said the oratory style allowed him to express himself in his favoured form of artistic expression as his life is all about music.
Nicholas believes rap was a suitable media form for his dissertation as he wanted to fully integrate his passion, and hopefully future career, into his degree. He said his plan now is to give the music industry his absolute all.
He said his plans are now is to ‘give the music industry his absolute all to see how far I can go’.
In an Instagram post, Nicholas thanked UEA for being a place that has allowed him to grow and mature, ‘both personally and as an artist’.
Nicholas said that his module leader was super enthusiastic about the creative idea, and he thanked his supervisor Dr. Sandy Pool ‘for pushing me to extend my ideas further than I ever could imagine’.