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Patoranking, From A Rat Poison Seller And Bricklayer To A Celebrated Superstar

Never despise the day of humble beginning for you do not know what the future holds. 

No matter how hard today seems always remember that through hardwork,prayer and perseverance success would come.

Today's article would be featuring the life of Nigerian reggae musician Patoranking,his struggles and the hurdles he crossed.


Patrick Okorie known professionally as Patoranking was born on the 27th of May 1990 in Ijegun-Egba Satellite town but has his family roots in Onicha,Ebonyi State,Nigeria.

He attended Citizen Comprehensive College in Epe,Lagos and later enrolled at Jibril Martin Memorial Grammar school,Iponri.


In the mid 2000s,Patrick started his music career doing underground collaborations with artistes such as Xproject,Rockstone,Konga and slam.

He signed a record deal with K-Solo Igberaga records in 2010,releasing "Up in the club" under the Label's imprint. He gained some fans following that move but he hasn't attained his destination. In a 2012 interview with Entertainment Express,Patrick revealed that his stage name was given to him by a Jamaican artiste whom he met at Alpha Beach in Lagos.

He rose to prominence in 2013 after releasing Alubarika featuring vocal performance from Nigerian Reggae star,Timaya.

The song literally translates to God's blessings and that was affirmed as the song shot him to stardom instantly.

In 2014,He signed a record deal with Foston Musik and ended all affiliations with Timaya's DM records and his former label K-Solo Records.

Patoranking's journey continued when he released a track produced by Wizzy Pro "Girlie O" in 2014. The song became a banger in all clubs and Nigerian songstress Tiwa Savage who was madly in love with the sound reached out to him for a collaboration.

The song ended being one of the hottest singles of the year.


After several hits like "Girlie O and its remix" ,"Murda", " Daniella Whine" and "My woman",Patoranking was nominated for the Headies Next Rated Artiste Award alongside top acts like Orezi,Run town,Skales and Yemi Alade in 2014.

On winning the award that night he revealed that he once sold rat poison and also worked as a bricklayer just to feed his family and make ends meet.

See the exact way of how he made the statement below:

" When I sang "When i moved from nothing ti something,that is my story" I meant it. I would like to say something, 2 years ago I was living in a one room apartment, now ,I'm living.....somewhere around".

"if I tell you say I been dey sell rat killer,you go believe? If I tell you say I do bricklayer for lagos you go believe? Don't let anyone stop you from achieving your dreams," he added.

Now Patoranking has worked with several acts like Wizkid,Davido,Tiwa Savage,Major Lazer,Nasty C,Bera and many others.

Never give up on your dreams, the quitting moment is usually when the miracle occurs,God bless you all.

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