What People Are Saying
"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
"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
" This book is more powerful than I could have imagined! Transformed is less about invincible, somewhat mysterious supersoldiers and more about very flawed, 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
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 readers back to stories from his childhood as Nigerian royalty, to losing his father early in life and being financially stripped of everything by the Nigerian government. He delves into being raised by a single mother in the Bronx, and doesn’t shy away from the illegal activities that threatened to derail his future. How could a person with this past end up where he is now? And to go a step further, how could a person who barely graduated high school, couldn’t swim, act or lead find great success in areas that require such skills?
Having gone through times of intense struggle, pressure, and failure, Adeleke answers those questions in his inspiring story of overcoming the odds, even when it didn’t make sense, and ultimately experiencing true personal transformation.
ABOUT REMI ADELEKE
Remi Adeleke was born in Western Africa, but following the death of his father, he, 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 speaking and acting. Remi holds a BS in organizational leadership and a MS in strategic leadership, both from the University of Charleston West Virginia. He resides in Southern California with his wife, Jessica, and their two sons, Cayden and Caleb.