Patoranking recalls hawking in Lagos with his father



Prominent dancehall artist, Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie a.k.a Patoranking opens up on his humble beginnings hawking on the streets of Lagos with his father.

He revealed despite growing up in the Ebute Metta slum, he remained determined and persevered through adversity, ultimately achieving his dreams.


Patoranking made these remarks while accepting his appointment as the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for Youth Innovation, Enterprise, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa.

He said …

“I hawked on the streets of Lagos with my father. Many years ago, I used to sell on this street [Kings Way road]. It used to be a very hot spot for trading. Many years after, everything that I pictured I wanted to become, the man I wanted to become is who I am now. So when I was driving down to this place it was a little bit teary moment for me because I saw myself [on this road].”

He also encouraged young people to utilize their talents for the betterment of their communities and the African continent as a whole.

Patoranking added …

“That is why I have songs with artistes from Uganda, Kenya, Ghana and so on. I accept to be the UNDP Goodwill Africa Ambassador for Youth Innovation, Enterprise and the SDGs. Today I am not just an artiste, I am a voice for many African youths who desire to make Africa work for themselves and their communities.”

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