Born into poverty in the Igbo region of Nigeria, Pete Jakemond Amadi searched for more opportunities, traveling throughout West Africa and Europe before moving to the United States. There, he graduated from university and joined the US Marine Corps, proudly serving in various locations across three continents, including Haiti, Iraq, Liberia, New Delhi and South Sudan.
While serving in Haiti, Lt. Col. Amadi experienced the devastating 7.0 earthquake that struck the country, killing thousands of people and destroying the United Nations Mission in Haiti. He organized and mobilized the first rescue team and communications efforts, saving lives and informing the media.
Lt. Col. Amadi is currently in Juba, South Sudan, assigned to the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Verification Mechanism as Deputy Sector Coordinator, responsible for monitoring compliance to peace agreement by the warring parties. He is also the author of Conflicted Destiny: Chronicle of a Natural Born Warrior.