Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie best known as Patoranking, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer, songwriter stage performer, recording artist and a philanthropist. He was Born and raised in Ijegun-Egba Satellite Town in Lagos. He is know for the popular slangs “Wha Ya Say” Patoranking is one artist that has really make a mark in the Nigeria Music Industry,his contribution is immense.
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- Name: Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie
- Age: 29 years old
- State: Ebonyi State, Nigeria
- Nationality: Nigerian
- Record Label: God Over Everything
- Net Worth: $6.5 million
Patoranking Early Life, Education, And Music Career
Patoranking was born 27 May 1990 in Ilaje Ebuta-Metta in Lagos, Nigeria. Patoranking originated from Onicha, Ebonyi State. He was the eldest of 5 children. His upbringing was very different from the lifestyle he lives today “me, my Mom, Dad and siblings all shared one room,” he recalled, however, he has fond memories of his childhood stating: “Ebuta-Metta is my heart, no matter how hard it was we were still grateful for each day.”
Patoranking was well known in Ebuta-Metta for two things: one was music; the other was selling products locally with his Dad, which he started at the age of 13, anything from calendars to rat poison. However, by 17 with bigger ambitions, he decided to move to Ghana in search of a better life for him and his family. “My friends and I always used to talk about making it and wanting more,” he recalls.
Pаtоrаnkіng соmрlеtеd hіѕ рrіmаrу еduсаtіоn іn Іјеgun-Еgbа, ѕаtеllіtе сіtу, Lаgоѕ, Nіgеrіа, аnd rесеіvеd hіѕ fіrѕt ѕсhооl lеаvіng сеrtіfісаtе. Аftеr соmрlеtіng hіѕ рrіmаrу еduсаtіоn, Раtоrаnkіng аttеndеd thе Сіtіzеn Соmрrеhеnѕіvе Соllеgе іn Ере, Lаgоѕ, Nіgеrіа. Не lаtеr соmрlеtеd hіѕ ѕесоndаrу еduсаtіоn аt thе Јіbrіl Маrtіn Меmоrіаl Ніgh Ѕсhооl іn Іроnrі, Lаgоѕ, Nіgеrіа аnd rесеіvеd hіѕ Wеѕt Аfrісаn Ѕеnіоr SchoolСеrtіfісаtе. He later moved to Ghana in search for better life after his secondary school.
While in Ghana, Patoranking pursued his music and also applied to the University of Cape Coast, well knowing he could not afford it but hopeful by the time enrollment came around he would have funds. Unfortunately, he did not have the funds to afford the university fees. Mentioning that “I didn’t choose music, music chose me,” he returned to Nigeria to pursue a music career full time. He managed to find some success working with smaller labels, however, many of them didn’t understand his Afro-Reggae sound, which was unique at the time and different from Afrobeats, the most popular music genre on the continent.
However, his big break came when when he was signed into Dem MAMA Records owned by award-winning artist Timaya, On 12 September 2013, Patoranking released the audio and video for “Alubarika” simultaneously. Timaya who featured on his song “Alubarika,” meaning God’s blessings, and who let Patoranking stay with him at his house. “Alubarika” was a great success and Patroanking says: “God really did bless me as that was the turning point for me and my family.” He noted. The music video for “Alubarika” was shot by AJE Films and ran for 4 minutes and 16 seconds.
His success with the song gave him the determination to do better and he went ahead to sign a record deal with Foston Musik in 2014 after his affiliation with Dem Mama Records came to an end. Patoranking released “Girlie O” as his first song with Foston Mizik in February 2014. A remix of the song which featured vocals from Tiwa Savage followed suit some months later.
The remix received positive remark from great music criticsand fans and this gave Patoranking the more exposure in the industry. His success in 2014 marked his rise to stardom in the music industry.
2015 was a blissful year for him with several hit tracks, nominations, and awards. Patoranking released two hit singles, “Daniella Whine” and “My Woman, My Everything” which topped the charts on the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 Chart.
In January 2016, Patoranking was announced as one of the judges for the maiden edition of the singing competition The Voice Nigeria. Patoranking released his debut studio album God Over Everything on 1 August 2016. It features guest appearances from Phyno, Wizkid, Sarkodie, Olamide, Elephant Man, and Wasiu Ayinde Marshall. The album debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart.
Patorankig Awards And recognition
So far, Patoranking, The “Wha Ya Say” crooner has won numerous awards and recognition for himself. some of them are as follow:
- Best Dancehall Artist (AFRIMA 2016)
- African Artiste of The Year (Vodafone Ghana Music Awards 2015)
- Best New Act (MTV Base Awards 2015)
- Best Afropop Song (Tooxlusive Awards 2015)
- Best New Act (BEN TV Awards 2014)
- Best Collaboration (BEN TV Awards 2014)
- Best Reggae&Dancehall (BEN TV Awards 2014)
- Next Rated (BEN TV Awards 2014)
- Best Collabo (The Headies 2014)
- Best Reggae&Dancehall Single (The Headies 2014)
- Dancehall&Reggae Act of the Year (City People Entertainment Awards 2014)
Patoranking ALU Scholarship
Patoranking has engaged in a scholarship program for young African children who couldn’t have access to proper education. Amidst his global recognition and popularity, The artiste still has a passion for education.
In 2019, He met with the founder of ALU scholarship program where he initiated a program to train 10 innovative and passionate children especially from Ebuta-Metta where he grew up and others who are financially incapable of having an education themselves.
- God over Everything (2016)
- Wilmer (2019)
Patoranking is currently one of the richest and the most influential artistes in Nigeria music Industry that is making wave, he has an estimated net worth of $6.5 million dollar as of 2021.