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Liberian Civil War Refugee Becomes Successful IHOP Business Woman & Real Estate Developer

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When the owner of this IHOP in Irvington says finish all of your food because there are starving people in Africa, Adenah Bayoh knows first hand.

As a teenager, she escaped the civil war in her native country of Liberia, and immigrated to the U.S. Now she is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in New Jersey, owning two restaurants.

According to Bossip, by the age 27, Bayoh was once the youngest IHOP franchisee. That first restaurant was the fastest-growing IHOP in the northeast.

My story could not be possible anywhere else except for America,” the entrepreneur says. “For someone to escape civil war, come here and be given the opportunity [to] start her own business, employ and rebuild [is amazing].”

At just 35-years-old, the mother of two has been appointed to the prestigious Federal Reserve Bank of New York Advisory Council on Small Business and Agriculture and earned a spot of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list.

Talk about Black Girl Magic at its finest!

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