New Jersey entrepreneur Adenah Bayou has built her American dream by acquiring a multi-million dollar real estate portfolio and restaurant ventures.
Bayou came to the United States at the age of 13. She escaped the civil war in Liberia and set out on a mission to create a better life for herself. She’s exceeded expectations, becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs in New Jersey.
“For me, passion is a key ingredient for success in business,” Bayou shared in an interview with Black Enterprise. “I am also a very hard worker, and once I make up my mind to do something, I immerse myself in it and figure out how to succeed. Also, having gone through so much in my life, I understand the value of taking a risk, and I am not afraid to take risks.”
After graduating from college, Bayou started her career in banking and climbed the corporate ladder. However, she knew there would be limitations to her success as a Black woman. Therefore, she transitioned to entrepreneurship to pave her own path.