Patoranking is the stage name of Nigerian reggae-dancehall musician and songwriter Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie. He began his musical career by working informally with musicians including XProject, Konga, Slam, and Reggie Rockstone. In 2010, he inked a record deal with K-Solo’s Igberaga Records, whose imprint he used to release “Up in D Club.”
Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie
27 May 1990
Onicha, Ebonyi State, Nigeria
Lagos State, Nigeria
Singer, Songwriter, Dancer
Early Life and Education
Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie was born on May 27, 1990, and was raised in Ijegun-Egba Satellite Town in Ebute Meta, Lagos State, but his family is from Onicha, Ebonyi State. He was born into a family of 5, with two siblings, Sharon Okorie and Raphael Okorie. He attended Citizen Comprehensive College in Epe, Lagos, and later enrolled at Jibril Martin Memorial Grammar School in Iponri.
Patoranking relocated to Ghana in 2007 after being accepted to Cape Coast University. He was forced to postpone his university education due to financial limitations. To make ends meet and keep his family out of poverty, he left the university after a year and explored other endeavours.
Patoranking began his musical career by working informally with musicians including XProject, Konga, Slam, and Reggie Rockstone. In 2010, he inked a record deal with K- Solo’s Igberaga Records, whose imprint he used to release “Up in D Club.” Following their collaboration on Timaya’s song “Alubarika,” Patoranking was accepted as a protégé by Dem Mama Records. He obtained a record deal with Foston Musik in February 2014 and dropped the tune “Girlie O,” which propelled him to fame. Patoranking revealed on Instagram on February 9 that he had struck a distribution agreement with VP Records. On September 28, Patoranking released the song “Abule,” which he did in advance of the release of his album.
He said in a 2012 interview with Entertainment Express that a Jamaican musician he met at Lagos’ Alpha Beach gave him his stage name. Patoranking has named Buju Banton, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Lucky Dube, Chaka Demus, Majek Fashek, Blackky, Blackface, Tuface, and Marvellous Benjy as some of his main musical influences. In the aforementioned interview with Entertainment Express, he described his music as a morally minded form of dancehall and claimed that it makes references to sociopolitical themes.
Patoranking released the song “Iya Bisi” in May 2012; it features Qdot and Kbaj. The song, which was created by Drumphase, combines dancehall with fuji. According to Patoranking, Qdot and Kbaj contributed to the song’s composition by pitching ideas to him.
On May 19, 2014, Tiwa Savage assisted on “Girlie O” (Remix), which was released by Foston Musik to positive reviews. On MTV Base’s Official Naija Top 10 chart, it debuted at No. 9. As a fan of Patoranking’s music, Tiwa Savage told Ehiz of MTV Base that she had approached him about doing the remix. Moe Musa also filmed and directed the music video for “Girlie O” (Remix) in London. According to Pulse Nigeria’s Joey Akan, “The fundamental winning components were kept in the new remix.” They were kept and enhanced. The lyrics received a lot of attention, while the beat, chorus, and energy were retained.
Seyi Shay and Patoranking both appeared in Shaydee’s “Murda” song. Dokta Frabz created the song, which was made public on April 1st, 2014. The music video was posted on Vevo on May 11, 2014. Meji Alabi handled the directing duties for JM Films. On the MTV Base Official Naija Top 10 list, Patoranking’s singles “Daniella Whine” and “My Woman, My Everything” charted. The former entered the list at No. 4 in May and peaked at No. 1 in June. The latter, “My Woman, My Everything,” also made an appearance on the chart and peaked at No. 2.
Patoranking is married to his longtime girlfriend and baby mama, Leila Okorie. The union was blessed with a daughter named Wilmer Okorie. He dedicated a song and an entire album to her after her birth, titled “Wilmer.”
Another young boy, Raphael Okorie, who is popularly known as Raphranking, was widely regarded as a son of Patoranking, whom another lady had for him before he came to the limelight, but she refuted the claim and told them that he was his junior brother.
PatonranQueen, whose true name is Leila Okorie, is Patoranking’s better half. In any case, legend has it that he abandoned the woman after attaining popularity. This has not yet been confirmed. He is also rumoured to have a few relationships with female famous artists. Five young women that Patoranking has dated are listed below:
1. Edma Ohemaa
It was claimed that the lovely Ghanaian TV personality and model Edma Ohemaa, who also appeared in Patoranking’s music video “My Woman, My Everything,” and the Nigerian reggae-dancehall artist Patoranking had a secret extramarital connection. They look fantastic together.
2. Genevieve Nnaji
Patoranking admitted to being in a relationship with the big Nigerian actress. However, the relationship later went south, but nothing was heard from Genevieve Nnaji.
3. Seyi Shay
Seyi Shay, a beautiful Nigerian performer, and Patoranking were said to have had an illicit, emotional romance. It was established that the project began in the middle of 2014 when the duo collaborated to record Seyi Shay’s track “Murda“.
They are not dating, an agent from the Patoranking team was required to state. Between the two of them, there is science. Their song “Murda” was amazing. In any event, they will collaborate on many projects. They currently operate advancements together and have a Clyde-like friendship.
4. Jocelyn Dumas
Recently, Patoranking shared a photo of Jocelyn Dumas on Instagram along with the hashtags “#MWME #Whaysay!!!” and “@jocelyn dumas.” His supporters’ reactions to the message were mixed, and rumours that the two were dating emerged.
5. Leila Okorie (PatoranQueen)
Before Patoranking rose to prominence, he dated his lovely child’s mother Leila Okorie. However, as he gained more notoriety, things quickly deteriorated and the two of them parted ways. It was however reported that the two are back together.
- God Over Everything (2016)
- Wilmer (2019)
- Three (2020)
- Patoranking – 2016
- Killing Me – 2016
- This Kind Luv Ft. Wizkid – 2016
- Love Town – 2016
- Beautiful – 2016
- Daniella Whine Ft. Elephant Man and Konshens – 2016
- Temperature – 2019
- Lenge Lenge – 2019
- Go Crazy – 2019
- Confirm Ft. Davido – 2019
- Champion – 2019
- Whine It – 2020
- Mon Bebe – 2020
- Lion in the Jungle – 2020
- Black Girl Magic – 2020
- Matter Ft. Tiwa Savage – 2020
- Love is the Answer – 2020
- So Nice – 2009
- Up in D Club – 2010
- Tonite – 2013
- Sex Tape – 2014
- My Woman – 2015
- Another Level – 2016
- Available – 2017
- Heal D World – 2018
- Everyday – 2018
Awards and Nominations
- Nominated for ‘Best Dance Hall/Reggae Video’ at the Nigeria Music Video Awards in 2013.
- Best collaboration nominee at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2014.
- Male Artist of the Year nomination at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2014.
- Winner of the Best New Act of the Year at the Nigeria Entertainment Awards in 2014.
- Dancehall/Reggae Act of the Year at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2014.
- Most Popular Song of the Year nomination at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2014.
- Best Collabo of the Year nominee at the City People Entertainment Awards in 2014.
- Nominated for the Channel O Music Video Awards as the “Most Gifted Newcomer” in 2014.
- The Most Gifted Reggae/Dancehall nominee at the Channel O Music Video Awards in 2014.
- The Best Reggae/Dancehall single award at the Headies 2014.
- He won the ‘Best Collabo Award’ at the Headies in 2014.
- The Next Rated Award at the Headies in 2014.
- Best New Act by Ben TV in 2014.
- Ben TV’s ‘Best Collaboration’ in 2014.
- Best Reggae/Dancehall by Ben TV in 2014.
- He won the ‘Best Afropop Song’ at the TooXlusive Online Music Awards in 2015.
- Nominated by the Headies for the ‘Best Pop Song’ in 2015.
- Best Reggae/Dancehall Single Nominee at the Headies in 2015.
- MTV Africa Music awarded him the ‘Best New Act’ in 2015.
- The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards honoured him as the “African Artiste of the Year” in 2016.
- AFRIMA awarded him the ‘Best Artist of the Year’ in 2016.
Patoranking has a net worth that is estimated at $20 million.
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