UEA student Nicholas Uzoka has broken traditional examination moulds by rapping his 10,000 word creative writing dissertation. The 22 year-old English literature and creative writing student produced a hip-hop style 21 track album, which earned him a first class degree. Uzoka said the best part of the experience was, “being able to have an academic lens placed on my music, and using that to add extra dimensions and layers to it that I’d never have thought of previously.”

In an interview with the BBC Uzoka said: “I’m a rapper, that’s my best form of artistic expression and the uni was kind enough to allow me to accomodate my particular style of poetry into their course.”

Uzoka, who performs under the name Zoka the Author, released his latest single ‘Donna Bella’ featuring Tobi O in early September.