What are the odds? Statistics tell us that African American males who grow up in a single-parent household are nine times more likely to drop out of high school and twenty times more likely to end up in prison than any other demographic. But what would it take for one young man not only to rise above those statistics but also become a Navy SEAL, actor, entrepreneur, writer, and successful husband and father?
In Transformed, Remi Adeleke takes you back to stories from his childhood, from living as Nigerian royalty to losing his father early in life and being stripped financially of everything by the Nigerian government. He delves into being raised by a single mother in the Bronx and doesn't shy away from his illegal activities as a young man that threatened to derail his future. At every turn, including throughout his naval career, Adeleke found a way to overcome the odds, even when it didn't make sense. His is an inspiring story of true personal transformation.
About the Author
Remi Adeleke was born in western Africa, but following his father's death, he and his mother and brother relocated permanently to the Bronx in New York City. After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in 2002 and later became a Navy SEAL. Ending his successful naval career in 2016, he was led to pursue a career in writing, speaking, and acting. Remi holds a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and a master's degree in strategic leadership, both from the University of Charleston. He resides in Southern California with his wife, Jessica, and their three sons, Cayden, Caleb, and Carter.
'Transformed is a truly inspiring story of an abrupt transition to a new land, survival, and perseverance--the definition of the SEAL creed of never quit. A descendant of warriors and chieftains from Africa, Remi Adeleke became a warrior and a leader here.' -- Scott McEwen, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor, American Sniper 'It's sometimes easy to fall victim to the false narrative that we can't rise above our station. Yet Remi takes that premise to task in this powerful memoir. He takes the soldier's story and turns it inside out by looking at how his incredible past gave way to his present.' --Corey Hawkins, Lead actor, Straight Outta Compton, Kong Skull Island, and 6 Underground 'Transformed is a masterful display of the good, bad, and ugly that life tends to throw our way. In this book you see how overcoming adversity became a normal way of life for Remi Adeleke and, equally important, how you can mimic his attributes to overcome the odds in your life.' --Joe Kuhns, Navy SEAL Senior Chief, retired 'Remi Adeleke is truly transformed in the deepest sense of the word, and his book will have a lasting impact on many souls.' --Kathie Lee Gifford, Today cohost, New York Times bestselling author, and friend 'This book is more powerful than I could have imagined! Transformed is less about invincible, somewhat mysterious supersoldiers and more about very awed, vulnerable, yet courageous men, a strong story about the trial and error of the human spirit.' --Neil Brown, Jr., Lead actor, SEAL Team, CBS, and Insecure, HBO