Matt Brown talks with Actor, Producer and Author Remi Adeleke. But shortly after taking his last breath, the Nigerian government stripped the family of their wealth, leaving the Adeleke’s desperate and without anything. Soon after, he enlisted in the military. *Remi Adeleke is a Navy SEAL, author of Transformed: A Navy Seal’s Unlikely Journey From the Throne of Africa, to the Streets of the Bronx, and actor (with credits in Transformers: The Last Night). My mom would always tell my dad, “Put money back in the United States so we have something just in case everything collapses.” But he didn’t listen. He was married to Pauline Adeleke and had two sons. He is best known for planning and creating Banana Island, a luxury development built on a manmade island in Lagos Lagoon. As long as he had a breath in his body, he could win. You’re not hurting your brother’s leg or arm, he was saying to us, you’re hurting his greatest asset, his brain. His first stop was the recruiter’s office for a background check. African culture is different. . Remi Adeleke is an actor, retired Navy SEAL and author. Learn more about how Gillette is supporting men who are working towards their “best,” and get involved. My mom would say to me, “You’re like them. All Rights Reserved. Out of options and living in a country that provided little opportunity for work, the family permanently relocated to the Bronx in New York City. We went from rich to poor, eventually forcing my mom my brother and me to move from Nigeria to the Bronx. His life changed dramatically a year and 1/2 ago when an unexpected break led him into Hollywood. You’re nothing to people here, but it means a lot to people in Nigeria. Back then it terrified me. He was fighting to get his island back, but he, In America, the name doesn’t mean much. His dad was the firstborn son of a Yoruba chief who had nine wives. Through this gallery, often filled with celebrities and the wealthy people who live on my father’s island, I walked closer. 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. A Hollywood opportunity led him into the TV and film industry. Sitting across the table from Remi Adeleke is a pretty powerful experience. When asked if there was a point when they thought their marriage was over, Jessica replied, “Oh yes, many points along the way.”. The chief title is only given to the sons of the tribe of Adelekes, so because my grandfather was a chief in the Yoruba tribe and dad was a first-born son, a chief, the royal blood runs down to me, my brothers and sisters, and my boys. Remi Adeleke was born in Western Africa and moved to New York City with his mother and brother following the death of his father. Remi will be the first to admit that he has an exciting job, but what is even more remarkable is his story which begins in a small country in Western Africa. With Remi’s newfound career on the rise, his family is and always will be his number one fans. Recently I went to an art gallery in Nigeria. Dad died an optimistic man. My dad was an avid collector of Yoruba art. In America, the name doesn’t mean much. I had the opportunity to sit down with an incredible man last week. After his service as a Navy SEAL, Remi Adeleke had a role in Transformers: The Last Knight By Caitlin Keating May 17, 2019 04:13 PM ). You’re royalty like them.” That stuck with me, gave me a sense of pride. Chief Adebayo Adeleke was a Nigerian architect and engineer who died in 1987. In 2008, after traveling to Alaska for cold weather survival training, Remi, then a U.S. Navy SEAL, encountered God in a way that brought him to his knees. “I realized the more I put my faith in God, the less stress and worry came on me.”. And before he was a Navy SEAL, he was a drug dealer in the Bronx. African culture is different. Once the land was developed and became valuable — it is today one of the most expensive places in all of Africa — the Nigerian government stripped us of everything. 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. I never saw him argue with my mom, or yelling. Royalty is referred to as “chief” or designated by the last name. Adeleke primarily grew up in the Bronx. He is the father of three young boys who all bear the royal Nigerian middle name that they, male descendants of a chieftain, are entitled to. Remi: Yes I was born in western Africa, West Africa. In the months that followed, Remi’s faith ignited as he surrounded himself with Christians who maintained a genuine relationship with Christ. Remi Adeleke grew up as a troubled teen, but turned his life around by joining the Navy SEALs and becoming a Hollywood actor. Remi Adeleke From US Navy SEAL to Hollywood: remembers his dad, Adebayo Adeleke, the original owner of Banana Island In English and American culture, we refer to royalty as king and queen or duke and duchess, and so on and so forth. His story caught the attention of Jockey, and he’s now featured in their “Show ‘Em What’s Underneath Campaign.” Soon, major media outlets like NBC’s TODAY Show, Fox News and Men’s Health featured Remi and his remarkable story. After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in 2002 and later became a Navy SEAL. When dad was 8, he migrated down to the south of Nigeria to attend school. BIO: 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. To me, my royal name means that I have a responsibility. “Everything that we lost when your father died has been restored 10 times over,” she told Remi. It’s been more than 25 years since my father died. Remi Adeleke. He is the father of three young boys who all bear the royal Nigerian middle name that they, male descendants of a chieftain, are entitled to. Remi Adeleke is a former military man and successful actor. Leaving a stable job and walking into the unknown greatly tested his faith. Get the best of Fatherly in your inbox, In English and American culture, we refer to royalty as king and queen or duke and duchess, and so on and so forth. Remi’s daily goal is to live this scripture out in everything that he does. My dad was an avid collector of Yoruba art. Eventually, he ended up attending school in London, where he got his master’s in engineering and architecture. Remi added, “I knew God was working something in us and working things out of us. You’re nothing to people here, but it means a lot to people in Nigeria. But even becoming a … But after his father passed away, Remi, his mom, and his brother moved to the Bronx. 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 financially stripped of everything by the Nigerian government. He was the firstborn son to a tribal chief. He is the father of three young boys who all bear the royal Nigerian middle name that they, male descendants of a chieftain, are entitled to. She kept holding onto hope that something would change. It matters. After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in 2002 and later became a Navy SEAL. In a recent conversation with his mother, she expressed how proud she is of him and recalled a time when they were rebuilding their life in the Bronx. Remi Adeleke. Something went wrong. Shor… You’re a prince. These guys look at my name tag and they say “Ada Leke” and they start speaking to me in Yoruba, my tongue. In 1987, the corrupt Nigerian government stripped his father of the island, robbing him of his largest investment. He 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. Related News 19 August 2020 | Deadline ‘Slave Stealers’: Harriet Jacobs TV Series In The Works From ‘6 Underground’s Remi Adeleke & Emmy-Winning Nick Nanton One day in early 2016, while raising kids with Jessica and attending grad school, Remi’s life took a dramatic turn. Lacking a positive male role model in his life, the young Remi tried to fill the void of his father’s absence by running the streets and making unlawful choices. At just 36 years old, Adeleke has lived quite a life. Remi’s father, an affluent and well-known engineer, provided a life of leisure for his family. I haven’t spoken since I was, like, 5 and I’m looking at them with a blank stare. He’s still with me and appears in unexpected ways. She took him to judges in both states and his record was cleared. However, after his father died, he moved with his mother and brother to the Bronx where he grew up. Remi Adeleke has an amazing story to share, ... but it barely scratches the service. Remi Adeleke, 36, was in SEAL Team 3 and, since serving, has used his experience to motivate others and consult, act, and write for films in Hollywood that depict the military. He knew he needed Jesus. When I would hustle, steal, sell drugs, dumb stuff, my mom would say, “You need to remember who you are. He was born in Nigeria. He had great successes and became one of the first black men to serve on the board of the World Trade Center. Video: Former Navy SEAL Remi Adeleke's Incredible Story Feb. 26, 2020 18:06. But he hasn’t always had it easy. Adeleke was born in Nigeria and lived there until he was five. In the Navy, your last name and rank is on all your uniforms. He was a visionary with a wide imagination. ... His father was a … He is a writer, actor, mentor, former Navy SEAL, and father of three. His most ambitious project was developing one of the first man-made islands in the world — Banana Island in Lagos, Nigeria, starting in the late ’70s. “I would cry every single day. “But it was that hope that carried me through to where I am today.”. Meet actor Remi Adeleke. This is not you. Remi was born into riches and wealth. Oops! When dad was 8, he migrated down to the south of Nigeria to attend school. Sign up for the Fatherly newsletter to get original articles and expert advice about parenting, fitness, gear, and more in your inbox every day. He was resilient and very, very focused. After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in 2002 and later became a Navy SEAL. On top of the financial problems, the Adeleke’s marriage began to fall apart. After serving his country for 10 ½ years, God’s call on Remi’s life led him out of active duty and into the Navy Reserves for three years. But after he arrived, he was shocked to learn that there were two warrants issued for his arrest, one in New York and one in New Jersey. His biggest project was one of the first manmade islands in the world, now known as Banana Island. Mr. Adeleke Resides in Southern California with his Wife of 5 years Jessica Adeleke, and their two sons his son Cayden and Caleb. Something went wrong please contact us at support@fatherly.com. Royalty is referred to as “chief” or designated by the last name. This is a man who exudes charisma and excellence. Because my dad died when I was 5, after being bit by a rabid dog in Lagos, my memories of him have grown hazy. I had last seen this piece as a 4-year-old, when my father was alive. Ending his successful naval career in 2016, he was led to pursue a career in writing, speaking, and acting. Because the next generation is always watching. Remi said, “We went from having it all to not having much of anything.” Young and adrift, Remi turned to scamming, stealing, and selling drugs. He had deals with McDonalds, Disney, and others, and sunk all his money into the project. His name is Remi Adeleke. After years of making regrettable decisions, Remi joined the Navy in 2002 and later became a Navy SEAL. 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