Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie was born on 27 May 1990. He’s better known by his stage name Patoranking. He is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter. He was born and raised in Ijegun-Egba Satellite Town, but originate from Onicha.
He attended Citizen Comprehensive College Epe, Lagos and later enrolled at Jibril Martin Memorial Grammar School in Iponri.
Years Active: 2009 – Present
Age: 29 years old
He started his performing arts career as a street jam and carnival dancer. In a 2012 interview with Entertainment Express, he said that his stage name was given to him by a Jamaican artist whom he met at Alpha Beach in Lagos. Patoranking has cited Buju Banton, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Lucky Dube, Chaka Demus, Majek Fashek, Blackky, Blackface, Tuface, and Marvelous Benjy as his key musical influences. In the aforementioned interview with Entertainment Express, he said he references socio-political issues in his music. He has described his music as a morally inclined variation of dancehall.
In May 2012, Patoranking released a single titled “Iya Bisi” featuring Qdot and Kbaj. The song, which is a fusion of dancehall and Fuji, was produced by Drumphase. Patoranking told Entertainment Express that Qdot and Kbaj helped compose the song by sharing ideas with him. On 12 September 2013, Patoranking released the video and audio for “Alubarika” simultaneously. The song literally translates to “God’s Blessings” and features vocals from Timaya. The music video for “Alubarika”, which was shot by AJE Films, ran for 4 minutes and 16 seconds. According to an article posted by Victor Akande of The Nation, Patoranking described the song as a summary of his life as a musician. He also said that the song opened doors for him in terms of building a fan base and working with established musicians.
n February 2014, Patoranking signed a record deal with Foston Musik and ended his affiliations with Dem Mama Records. During an interview with Toolz on NdaniTv’s The Juice, Timaya said that Patoranking left his label and was never officially signed. On 4 February 2014, Patoranking released “Girlie O”, a song produced by WizzyPro. The music video for the song was shot and directed in London by Moe Musa. It was released on 5 February 2014, a day after the audio release. In the music video, Patoranking liberates his next-door neighbor from domestic violence by expressing his innate feelings to her.
Foston Musik released “Girlie O Remix” on 19 May 2014 to critical acclaim. The song features vocals from Tiwa Savage. It debuted at No. 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. Joey Akan of the Pulse commented on the song and said that “On the new remix, the basic winning elements were not discarded. They were retained and improved. The beat, chorus, and dynamism were held onto, and major work put into the lyrics.”
He was featured on Seyi Shay’s “Murda” single alongside Shaydee. The song was produced by Dokta Frabz and released on 1 April 2014. On 11 May 2014, the music video for “Murda” was uploaded onto Vevo. It was directed by Meji Alabi for JM Films. 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 No. 4 in May and went on top the chart at No. 1 in June. “My Woman, My Everything” also made the chart when it was released, peaking at No. 2.
God Over Everything
He released his debut studio album, God Over Everything, on 1 August 2016. The album features guest appearances from Phyno, Wizkid, Sarkodie, Olamide, Elephant Man, and Wasiu Ayinde Marshall. It debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart.
2016: The Voice Nigeria
In January 2016, he was announced as one of the judges for the maiden edition of the singing competition The Voice Nigeria.
Awards and Nominations
|2016||AFRIMA||Best Dancehall Artist||Himself||Won|
|Vodafone Ghana Music Awards||African Artiste Of The Year||Himself||Won|
|The Headies||Best Pop Song||“My Woman My Everything”||Nominated|
|Best Reggae/Dance hall Single||“Daniella Whyne”||Nominated|
|MTV Africa Music Awards||Best New Act||Himself||Won|
|TooXlusive Online Music Awards||Best Afropop Song||“My Woman My Everything”||Won|
|2014||Ben TV||Best New Act||Himself||Won|
|The Headies 2014||Next Rated||Himself||Won|
|Best Collabo||“Girlie O Remix”|
(featuring Tiwa Savage)
(Wizz Pro featuring Skales, Patoranking, and Runtown)
|Best Reggae/Dancehall Single||“Girlie O Remix”|
(featuring Tiwa Savage)
(Seyi Shay featuring Shaydee and Patoranking)
|2014 Channel O Music Video Awards||Most Gifted Newcomer||“Girlie O (Remix)”||Nominated|
|Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall||Nominated|
|City People Entertainment Awards||Dancehall/Reggae Act of the Year||Himself||Won|
|Most Popular Song of the Year||“Allubarika”|
|Best Collabo of the Year||Nominated|
|2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards||Best New Act of the Year||Himself||Won|
|Male Artist of the Year||Nominated|
(Wizzy Pro featuring Runtown, Skales, and Patoranking)
|2013||Nigeria Music Video Awards||Best Dance Hall/Reggae Video||Nominated|
$1 Million USD