LISTEN: Nigerian Submits Rap Album As Final Year Project
Nigerians are great people. When we put our minds to achieving an objective, we are sometime UNSTOPPABLE!
To graduate from Havard, Obasi Shaw submitted a senior thesis like no other.
The Nigerian-American and English Major at Harvard University delivered a 10-track rap album titled Liminal Minds as his final year project.
English majors at Harvard often submit screenplays, memoirs, novels, a collection of poems or short stories for their creative writing thesis, but Obasi decided to be different and use rhythmically applied poetry also known as rap.
“I had no other ideas, so I had only one shot. I put together an application, submitted it and expected nothing, but here we are,” Shaw said.
Even the undergraduate program administrator, in the English Department, Lauren Bimmler, confessed that it is the first rap album ever submitted as a senior thesis.
Titled 'Liminal Minds' the project is a wordplay on the phrase Criminal Minds, which refers to the in-between state of blacks in America.
“Black people in America are kind of caught between freedom and slavery. They’re free, but the effects of slavery still exist in society and in people’s subconscious. Each song is an exploration of black liminality, that state between slavery and freedom,” Obasi said.
The 20-year-old who started rapping at a summer Bible camp in Tennessee is heading to Google for a one-year internship as a software engineer. “I’m still unsure what my future looks like in regards to music, but I’ll certainly continue at least as a hobby,” Obasi said.