Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie (born 27 May 1990), better known by his stage name Patoranking, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter. He hails from Ebonyi State and was born and raised in Ijegun-Egba. He grew up in Ijegun-Egba Satellite Town and later relocated to Ebute Metta. He attended Citizen Comprehensive College Epe, and later enrolled at Jibril Martin Memorial Grammar School in Iponri. 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.
Patoranking started his musical career doing underground collaborations with artists such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggie Rockstone. 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. On 9 February 2015, Patoranking announced via Instagram that he signed a distribution deal with VP Records.
Patoranking is among the top stylish men in the Nigeria fashion industry, his dress sense is a major debate that gets people’s talking. His someone who chooses is style carefully and he is not afraid to pull off an edgy look. He’s style combination is wowing and he understands the importance of colors to outfits.
We’re honored to announce him as our Celebrity style of the week @Stylewithjibs.
Why Patoranking is our CSOTW?
Patoranking style is not static, always changing and that stood out for him. He keeps getting what works for him and that’s why it’s easy for him to manipulate his style sense.
He sure knows how to combine those accessories (chains, glasses, and wristwatches) on any of his outfits, he doesn’t over accessorize himself. There’s a complete synergy between his outfit and accessories.
You would agree with me that he’s elegant, so simple and sophisticated at the same time. When he’s on formal wears, you would see the beauty that radiates over him. He has great taste in being stylish
Patoranking is a lover Hat, he rocks them so well on any outfit. Either he’s on casual or formal wear, he rooks them confidently well