Patoranking Artiste Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie Nigeria
Patoranking is a Nigerian dancehall and reggae vocalist and songwriter who shot into prominence after releasing the tracks “Up In D Club” and “Girlie O,”.
He is from Ebonyi State in the South Eastern part of Nigeria. He attended secondary school at Citizen Comprehensive College Epe and thereafter completed his secondary education at Jibril Martin Memorial Grammar School, Iponri.
Before his standom , Patoranking was a member of Afro hip hop group known as Da Flavour Squad in 2003 and was the youngest of them all , at a point they all splited and few year after he was on top of his game . Right now, Patoranking is one of the biggest and richest Nigerian artists living that fancy and luxurious life.
He started his musical talent from the street of Nigeria where he used to showcase his Gods given flair in music. He was born and bred in Ijegun Egba satellite town.
Patoranking was a regular street boy who had keen passion for music and he was popular in the street of Lagos because he was one of the famous street artist who use to shot down the streets of Lagos whenever there is local street shows. Hard work and relentless efforts opened the narrow door of success to him and he grabbed it at once and he was able to gain a contract with Timaya’s Dem Mama Records Label . According to the singer , he drew inspiration from some Nigeria and African legend that slyde him this far ,his musical influences came from artist like Majek Fashek , Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Tuface, among others .
He got his name Patoranking by a combination of Pato derived from Patrick and “Ranking” meaning highly respected.
The singer has done some collaboration with other Nigerian singers like Tiwa Savage on the track “Girlie O Remix ” , Is It Because i Love You by Lil Kesh, Enemies by M.I Abaga, Wedding Day , My Woman featuring Black Diamond Wande Coal , many others .
We also share in the sentiment that the song he did with Tiwa Savage “Girlie O Remix” made him popular because the real song didn’t give him enough recognition not until when the remix came out.
Awards won by Pato include:
The Headies 2014 Next Rated
The Headies 2014 Best Reggae/Dancehall Single “Girlie O Remix” (featuring Tiwa Savage)
Channel O Music Video Awards 2014 Most Gifted Newcomer “Girlie O (Remix)”
City People Entertainment Awards 2014 Dancehall/Reggae Act of the Year
Nigeria Entertainment Awards 2014 Best New Act of the Year