Jean Shafiroff and Stephen Baldwin celebrate the author of ‘Transformed’ Remi Adeleke

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NEW YORK, NY — MAY 14: (L-R) Jean Shafiroff, author Remi Adeleke, and Stephen Baldwin attend Remi Adeleke’s “Transformed” book launch on May 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

On Tuesday, May 14th in very downtown New York, Jean Shafiroff and Stephen Baldwin teamed up to celebrate the launch of Remi Adeleke’s debut memoir, “Transformed: A Navy’s SEAL’s Unlikely Journey from the Throne of Africa to the Streets of the Bronx." We stopped by to learn more and maybe get a signed copy.

The party was held at Marble Downtown on 14th street and 9th avenue and guests in attendance included: Actor Carter Redwood, Rita Cosby, Tom Smoot, Edgar Batista, and BJ Coleman.

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NEW YORK, NY — MAY 14: (L-R) Jean Shafiroff, Stephen Baldwin, and Remi Adeleke attend Remi Adeleke’s “Transformed” book launch on May 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Adeleke has an amazing story to share, and the fact that he served as a Navy SEAL is almost incidental to his epic tale. 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.

He delves into being raised by a single mother in the Bronx and doesn’t shy away from his illegal activities as a young man that threatened to derail his future.

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NEW YORK, NY — MAY 14: Author Remi Adeleke attends his “Transformed” book launch on May 14, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

As a teen, he ran an amazing burner phone scam while working as a cellphone salesman. He was hanging out with drugs and crime, and his time would’ve run out if he hadn’t met a Navy recruiter who saw his potential and took a chance on him in 2002.

Determined to become a SEAL, he fashioned his own training program while stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, and somehow found his way to BUD/S school and fulfilled his dream.

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