Patoranking reminisces about selling goods on Lagos streets with his father
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Prominent dancehall artist, Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, also known as Patoranking [/b], has opened up about his early days selling goods on the streets of Lagos [/b]with his father. Despite growing up in the Ebute Metta slum, he persevered through adversity and eventually achieved his dreams.

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

He expressed:

β€œI 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 harness their talents for the betterment of their communities and the entire African continent.

Patoranking further stated:

β€œThat 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.”