Popular Nigerian musician, Patrick Nnamemeka Okorie popularly known as Patoranking, is one of the new artistes who are currently “making waves” in the country.
In a recent interview with Nigerian Tribune, the star was asked about his style of music and he referred to himself as unique, saying he is the next big thing after legend, Bob Marley. According to Patoranking, “My style of music is Patoranking style, it is that style that only Patoranking understands and could only be done by Patoranking.
I try to carve a niche for myself and create a brand that nobody is doing, but just me. They could think of doing it, but they are not doing it. That is my style, I just like to be exceptional. I’m the next big thing after Bob Marley. I really love and respect him. People tell me that a lot.
A lot of people look at me and say ‘Boy, you are the next big thing after Bob Marley.’ It is not something I came up with, so I just had to claim it by faith.” When asked about his stage name and how it came about, he said, “I used to be called Patoraiko in school, when I was playing football. Then I remember one day I was at the Alpha Beach and there was this Jamaican man playing the guitar and I just decided to freestyle to the tune. And he looked at me and said he saw something big in me.” “So, for the respect he had for my freestyle, he said he wished to change my name.
I had told him I was Patoraiko and he changed the Raiko to Ranking and ranking in Jamaica means ‘highly respected,” he added.