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Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie (born 27 May 1990),[2] better known by his stage name Patoranking, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Ijegun-Egba Satellite Town, Patoranking originated from Onicha Local Government Area in Ebonyi State.[3][4] He started his music career doing underground collaborations with artists such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggie Rockstone.[5] 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.[5] On 9 February 2015, Patoranking announced on Instagram that he signed a distribution deal with VP Records.[6]

Background information
Birth namePatrick Nnaemeka Okorie
Born (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 (age 29)[1]
Ijegun-Egba, Alimosho, Lagos State, Nigeria
GenresReggae, dancehall
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, dancer
Years active2009–present
LabelsAmari Musiq, VP Records
Associated actsWizkid, Timaya, Davido, Tiwa Savage, Elephant Man, Busy Signal, Morgan Heritage


Life and music careerEdit

Patoranking 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.[2] Patoranking 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.[7] Patoranking has a daughter, named Wilmer [8].

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.[7]

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.[9]

In 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.[10][11] 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.[12] In the music video, Patoranking liberates his next-door neighbour from domestic violence by expressing his innate feelings to her.[13]

Foston Musik released "Girlie O Remix" on 19 May 2014 to critical acclaim.[14] 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.[15] The music video for "Girlie O Remix" was also shot and directed in London by Moe Musa.[16] 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."[17]

Patoranking was featured on Seyi Shay's "Murda" single alongside Shaydee. The song was produced by Dokta Frabz and released on 1 April 2014.[18][19] On 11 May 2014, the music video for "Murda" was uploaded onto Vevo. It was directed by Meji Alabi for JM Films.[20]
2015 marked a successful year for Patoranking as 2 of his singles; "Daniella Whine" and "My Woman, My Everything" were 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.[21][22] "My Woman, My Everything" also made the chart when it was released, peaking at No. 2.[23]

2016: The Voice Nigeria and God Over EverythingEdit

In January 2016, Patoranking was announced as one of the judges for the maiden edition of the singing competition The Voice Nigeria.[24] Patoranking 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.[25]



  • God over Everything (2016)
  • Wilmer (2019)

Selected singlesEdit

Year Title Album
2009 "So Nice" Non-album single
2010 "Up in D Club"
2012 "Iya Bisi" (featuring Qdot and Kbaj)
2013 "Tonite" (with Faze)
"Park Well"
"Alubarika" (featuring Timaya)
2014 "Girlie O"
"Sex Tape"
"Girlie O (Remix)" (featuring Tiwa Savage)
2015 "Daniella Whine"
"My Woman" (featuring Wande Coal)
“Gal Ting Riddim (Cover)"
"Make Am"
2016 "Another Level"
“No Kissing Baby" (featuring Sarkodie) God over Everything
2017 "Love You Die" (featuring Diamond Platnumz) Non-Album Single
2018 "Sunshine"
"Suh Different"
"Heal D world"
2019 "Confirm" Wilmer
"Lenge Lenge"
Guest appearances
Year Title Album
2010 "Baba"
(Slimmz featuring Patoranking)
Non-album single
2011 "Oju Kan (Remix)"
(Tupengo featuring Skales, Seriki, Reminisce, Phenom, Kel and Patoranking)
2013 "Emergency"
(WizzyPro featuring Runtown, Skales, and Patoranking)
"Tonite" (with Faze)
2014 "Judah"
(Chopstix featuring Endia and Patoranking )
"Lala BamBam"
(Silver Jae featuring Patoranking)
(Karat Kid featuring Patoranking)
(Seyi Shay featuring Patoranking and Shaydee)
"Early MoMo"
(DJ Hazan featuring Patoranking)
"Another One"
(Sagga Lee featuring Patoranking)
"In Da Club"
(Abiz featuring Patoranking)
(Seriki featuring Patoranking)
Seriki's Diary
"Bami Mujo"
(Henry Knight featuring Yung L and Patoranking)
"Salamualekun (Remix)"
(Hakym featuring Reminisce and Patoranking)
"Want Some More"
(CheekyChizzy featuring Patoranking)
"Bosi Kpa Kpa"
(XP featuring Patoranking)
2015 "Shaba"
(DJ Xclusive featuring Patoranking & KCee)
According To X
(YCee featuring Patoranking)
“Slowly (Remix)”
(Boybreed featuring Patoranking)
"Our Lagos"
(Pasuma Wonder featuring Patoranking)
“Hustler (Freestyle)”
(JoshBeatz featuring Patoranking)
(Eddy Kenzo featuring Patoranking)
“Dance Well”[26]
(DJ Shiru featuring Patoranking)
“Pull UP (Remix)"
(Stonebwoy featuring Patoranking)
“Left For Good”
(Waje featuring Patoranking & Godwin Strings)
“Another Day"
(Halle featuring Patoranking)
“No Lie"
(Khuli Chana featuring Patoranking)
"Chukwuma (Remix)"
(Young GreyC featuring Patoranking)
2016 "For My Matter (Remix)"
(Emma Nyra featuring Patoranking)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Event Prize Recipient Result Ref
2016 AFRIMA Best Dancehall Artist Himself Won [27]
2015 Nominated [28]
Vodafone Ghana Music Awards African Artiste Of The Year Himself Won [29]
The Headies Best Pop Song "My Woman My Everything" Nominated [30]
Best Reggae/Dance hall Single "Daniella Whyne" Nominated [30]
MTV Africa Music Awards Best New Act Himself Won [31]
TooXlusive Online Music Awards Best Afropop Song "My Woman My Everything" Won [32]
2014 Ben TV Best New Act Himself Won [33]
Best Collaboration Himself Won
Best Reggae/Dancehall Himself Won
The Headies 2014 Next Rated Himself Won [34]
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 [35]
Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Nominated
City People Entertainment Awards Dancehall/Reggae Act of the Year Himself Won [36]
Most Popular Song of the Year "Allubarika"
(featuring Timaya)
Nominated [37]
Best Collabo of the Year Nominated
2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards Best New Act of the Year Himself Won [38]
Male Artist of the Year Nominated [39]
Best Collaboration "Emergency"
(Wizzy Pro featuring Runtown, Skales, and Patoranking)
(featuring Timaya)
2013 Nigeria Music Video Awards Best Dance Hall/Reggae Video Nominated [40]

See alsoEdit


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sean Tizzle (2013)
Next Rated Award
Succeeded by

[[Category:People from Ebonyi[1] State]]

  1. ^ "New Album Released by Patoranking "Wilmer"". 6Star Music. 6Star Music. Retrieved 25 May 2019.