Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie better known as Patoranking is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter who hails from Ebony State Nigeria. Patoranking grew up in Ijegun Egba satellite town but later moved to Ebute Metta. He had his early education at Citizen Comprehensive College Epe and later attended Jibril Martin Memorial Grammar School, Iponri.
He started his musical career doing underground collaborations with artists such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggie Rockstone. He has as his musical influences, artists like Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Tuface, Majek Fashek and some others.
He signed a record deal with K-Solo’s Igberaga Records in 2010, releasing “Up in D Club” under the outfit. Patoranking became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song “Alubarika”. In February 2014, he signed a record deal with Foston Musik and released “Girlie O”, a single that put him in the limelight. On 9 February 2015, Patoranking announced via Instagram that he signed a distribution deal with VP Records.
He released his “Girlie O Remix” on 19 May 2014. The song features vocals from Tiwa Savage. It debuted at number 9 on MTV Base’s Official Naija Top 10 chart. Tiwa Savage told Ehiz of the aforementioned chart show that she admires Patoranking’s music and decided to reach out to him to do the remix. The music video for “Girlie O Remix” was also shot and directed in London by Moe Musa.
2015 marked a successful year for Patoranking as 2 of his singles; “Daniella Whine” and “My Woman, My Everything” was chart toppers on the MTV base Official Naija Top 10 Chart. “Daniella Whine” debuted at number 4 in May and went to top the chart as number 1 in June. “My Woman, My Everything” also made the chart when it was released, peaking at the number 2 spot.
While accepting his Next Rated award at the Headies, Patoranking who was beside himself with sheer joy and excitement revealed that he used to work as a bricklayer and also sold rat poison to earn a living. Wow! Who would have thought?
Well, it’s no secret that he comes from a humble background, but what we didn’t know was that he did those jobs for a living before fame and fortune smiled on him.
Moral is – when you are a hard worker, your dreams and aspirations, whatever they are, will one day pay off. Congrats Patoranking.