Nigerian singer, Patrick Nneamaka Okorie, aka, Patoranking has opened up on why he started music as a career.
He disclosed this in a chat with BBC Igbo, while reflecting on his early days as a singer and dancer.
He said, “Many of the things I learnt about music and entertainment generally, I learned in the ghetto.
“Before I started singing, I used to dance. One of the main reasons I started singing was that I liked to get the girls back then in school. Then, if you couldn’t sing, nothing for you.
“I just had to get involved in something that had to do with singing. And I loved music.”
The Daily Page recalls that the ‘Alubarika’ crooner had revealed that he wants to inspire kids living in the slum.
He said, in a podcast hosted by gospel singer, Tim Godfrey, He said, “Growing up, I had always known I would make it (be successful). Not because there was everything around me, but because that was the only option I had.
“Coming from the slum, poverty mindset does not give one the opportunity to think far. It was a fight and I won. I told myself I want to become a symbol of hope to other kids living in the slum. I want them to know it is possible for them to be successful.”