By Ashielgh Wenyika
Nigerian super star Patoranking is coming to perform in Zimbabwe on the 26th of April at Harare International Conferences Center (HICC). The music star has had an amazing career and we at Power FM are excited to see him rock the stage.
We are so excited that we’ve decided to come up with a special list for all his fans.
Patoranking born as Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie on 27 May 1990 hails from Lagos Nigeria. Patoranking also known as the reggae dancehall king stormed the Nigerian music scene with his hit song “Girlie O”
6 Things you didn’t know about Patoranking.
The name Patoranking was given to him by a Jamaican artist when he was still working as a street jam and carnival dancer. The name is a combination of Pato which is a short version of his name Patrick and ranking, which is Jamaican slang for someone that is highly respected.
He has released 16 music videos. Directed by some of Nigeria’s top talent such as Moe Musa. His videos have received millions of views. The most popular music video is for the Girlie O remix which has been viewed more than 16 million times.
Before The fame
He was a rat poison seller and a bricklayer before he became successful. He began performing at a young age, performing at street jams and being a carnival dancer. In 2003, he joined a boy group called “Da Flavour Squad”.
Fan of a fan
The superstar draws his inspiration from other superstars. His mentors are Blackface, Fela Kuti, Bubu Banton, Lucky Dube, Bob Marley, 2Face Idibia and Masjek Fashek to name a few.
He broke into the limelight in February 2014, after being signed to Fosten Musik and released his hit single “Girlie O Remix” which featured Tiwa Savage.It received multiple award nominations in 2014.
On 9 February 2015, Patoranking announced via Instagram that he signed a distribution deal with VP Records. He has collaborated with artist like WizzyPro, Lil Kesh and Waje. He recently became the new ambassador for Malivelihood Luxury.
Catch Patoranking headlining local performers which include Jah Prayzah , Takura ,ExQ, Zulu and many more at Harare International Conference Center on 26 April.