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Patoranking: I used to sell rat poison, and I was once a bricklayer

Reggae-dancehall singer Patoranking whose real name is Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, has revealed that he used to sell rat poison on the streets and was once a bricklayer just to make ends meet.
According to the musician who also revealed that he had very humble beginnings before becoming famous:.”When I sang When I moved from nothing to 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,” the singer said.
“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.
Patoranking received the coveted Next Rated Award at the 2014 Headies, his third award for the night.
The singer also received a Hyundai SUV along with the award, and is popular for hit tracks such as Alubarika and Girlie O remix featuring Mavin first lady, Tiwa Savage.
Meanwhile, in an EbonyLife TV interview recently, the singer flayed any reference of him still being an upcoming artiste.
With more than six huge successful hits in 2014 alone, Nigerian dancehall star, Patoranking believes he is now more than an upcoming artiste in the music business.
The ‘Girlie O’ hit-maker says he’s been ‘grinding’ a.k.a making music since 2007 but finds it ridiculous when people think he just started
Responding to comments from critics claiming he ‘came from nowhere’ to take over the music industry by storm, the singer said: “I don’t think that’s true though… I had to post a picture on my Instagram to show people I’ve been doing things since mid 2000s. I did a song with X Project when they were the in-thing back in 2007… In 2008 I was in the studio with Flavour and in 2010. And this is 2014, what “
“That’s the way it is… when you are at the top you get noticed but when you are not yet there, people don’t know anything about you.”
The singer also revealed his stand on domestic violence – one of the major issues affecting most African homes – which also was the theme for his ‘Girlie O’ video. Unfortunately, the dancehall star admitted, he had no idea it ever existed.
“Funny enough I never such things do ever happened until the video [Girlie O] came out. I got to know then that many girls do face domestic violence… they’ll be like ‘I love him, I love him’, after they are beaten, eyes swollen, hospitalized, they still go… ‘I still love him’…”

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