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Transformed: A Navy SEAL's Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, to Defying All Odds

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What would it take for one young Black man not only to rise above 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. Following his father’s death, he and his mother and brother relocated permanently to the Bronx where his single mother struggled to provide for the family.

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. While it would have been easy to believe that he could never beat those odds, Remi Adeleke refused to fall victim to that premise.

Sharing his incredible journey through the struggles of his life, Remi doesn’t shy away from his illegal activities as a young man that threatened to derail his future as a Navy SEAL. He shares:

  • How perseverance transformed his life despite all odds
  • How taking ownership of his mistakes and shortcomings led him to success
  • His hard-earned wisdom gained over years of struggle
  • Belief that the adversities, trials, and tribulations he went through were specific moves by God

At every turn, including throughout his naval career, Adeleke found a way to overcome the odds, even when it didn’t make sense. Remi Adeleke’s journey of following God’s voice, rising above statistics, and experiencing true personal transformation will inspire and move you.

ISBN-13: 9780785241669

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Nelson Thomas Inc.

Publication Date: 05-18-2021

Pages: 368

Product Dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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.

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'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. America needs to understand why he became the patriot he is and learn from his amazing journey.' —Scott McEwen, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor, American Sniper — Scott McEwen

Table of Contents

1 False Kingdom 1

2 Royal Son 13

3 Throne Overthrown 21

4 Coming to America 33

5 Bad Times 41

6 All I Ever Wanted 57

7 Hustler 67

8 Out of Control 79

9 Unsung Hero 91

10 Moment of Truth 103

11 The Perfect Place to Train 111

12 Plan, Prepare, Execute 127

13 "He Won't Make It" 139

14 Never Quit 153

15 Affirmation 171

16 My Own Worst Enemy 181

17 Exactly Where I Needed to Be 195

18 Everything Works Out 203

19 A One-Woman Man 213

20 Last Chance 221

21 Love and Chaos 233

22 The Wilderness 249

23 The Ultimate Transformation 265

24 The Chameleon 277

25 Warrior Prince 287

26 Now I Can Go Home 299

27 Second Chance at Love 305

28 Restoration of Ade (the Crown) 317

29 Back to the Beginning 331

Author's Note 343

Acknowledgments 347

Notes 351

About the Author 355