Before finding success as a Hollywood actor, Remi Adeleke served the country as a Navy SEAL. But that isn't where his story begins.
Stories of rags to riches have always had the power to move and inspire us. People who push through all odds and make it out in one piece are the heroes we need to look up to, and actor Remi Adeleke is one such person who defied all odds to make his mark on the entertainment business.
Before finding success as a Hollywood actor Adeleke served the country as a Navy SEAL. But that isn't where his story begins. After his family suffered a tremendous loss in Nigeria, his mother packed their bags and moved to the U.S. As a youngster, Adeleke used to deal drugs on the streets in the Bronx. The actor spoke about his childhood in New York in an interview with FOX Business.
"Growing up in the Bronx, we didn't have a lot of access. Especially with the education system. My mom was a teacher in the south Bronx. My mom really had to do a lot of work to push and fight against the odds that we were facing," he told the interviewer, Maria Bartiromo.
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Adeleke's mother made sure that her values of hard work and excellence were passed on to him by giving her son a good mentor: herself. "My mother, she modeled perseverance," he said. "People ask me all the time, 'where do you get it from?' I had a living example of it every single day of my life."
Despite the positive role model in his life, Adeleke still found himself dealing drugs on the street. But after a drug deal put his life at risk, he decided to make a more positive impact on his life. Yearning for discipline and excellence, Adeleke joined the Navy SEALs. After becoming a part of the special-operations forces as well as the Navy's elite SEAL team, Adeleke received a call to work on the filming of 'Transformers'.
Adeleke's life changed after winning the attention of director Michael Bay. His life has been on a steady high ever since. You can read about Adeleke's inspiring story in his new book 'Transformed: A Navy Seal's Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa'.