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Patoranking: “I slept on the streets of Ghana before stardom”

Nneameka Okorie aka
Patoranking,

Nneameka Okorie aka
Patoranking,

From humble beginnings, he rose to be one of the most celebrated reggae-dance-hall artists in Nigeria and by
extension,Africa. Nneameka Okorie aka
Patoranking, like that of most people, has not
always had it rosy and easy. Patoranking was
recently in Ghana for a show last week where
he had an exclusive interview with top
Ghanaian radio personality Bola Ray on Starr
103.5 FM.
In the course of the interview, he revealed that
his music career actually started off in Ghana.
According to him, ‘I started music from my
mum’s belly, but dancehall has always been
something that I grew up listening to and it was
perfected in Ghana.’
Patoranking’s first trip to Ghana, according to
him, was in 2007 after he was admitted into
Cape Coast University. After a year at the
university, he dropped out due to financial
constraints.
‘I had to move from Cape Coast to Accra. I was
sleeping on the streets of Osu just to make it.
We must make am now…survival at all cost’, he
said before adding: ‘The only option I had at
that point was making it in life because I just
had to change the course of my family, the face
of my family you know…being the first child…I
just say thank you Lord and to everybody that
never doubted me. I pray for them still and
we’re still together,’ he added.
It is on record that while hustling in
Ghana, Patoranking met a young Ghanaian
entrepreneur named Lanky on the streets of
Osu who partnered with him to achieve his
dreams.
Lanky started a production company called
Black Rhythms Entertainment and made a few
tracks with him, the songs enjoyed some airplay
but it was difficult to break through in Ghana so
he returned to Nigeria and the rest, as they say,
it history.

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