Episode #88 

Former Navy SEAL and rising Hollywood star overcomes the odds, embraces faith, and experiences true personal transformation!

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 a person of faith?

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 the Author | 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, including the 2017 blockbuster Transformers: The Last Knight and the upcoming motion picture, 6 Underground. 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.

TRANSFORMED: A Navy SEAL’s Unlikely Journey from the Throng of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds

By Remi Adeleke: W Publishing/Thomas Nelson Publishers: ISBN: 9780785219767. www.TransformedStory.com 


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Notes & Quotes: 

“When I hit rock bottom, I cried out to God” 

” I was transformed from a womanizer, changed by faith into someone who now edifies women” 

“Never give up, never stop trying, never give in to despair”