Former Navy SEAL (Sea, Air and Land Forces) Remi Adeleke recently sat down with EBONY to discuss his book, Transformed, and how he became one of a small number of Black men to serve on the special operations unit.
In his memoir, Adeleke, 37, takes readers back to the early years of his life in Nigeria, where he was born into wealth. He described his parents’ romance as “the real Coming to America story,” a reference to the 1988 Eddie Murphy film. His mother moved to West Africa after marrying his father, a successful businessman on the continent.
After years of making regrettable decisions, Adeleke joined the navy in 2002 and later became a SEAL, where only 1 percent of all SEALs are African-American. He believes the lack of diversity comes from a lack of exposure in urban communities and the public education system.
Transformed, which is available in bookstores and online, delves into his experiences with intense struggle, racism, pressure and failure that led to his success.