- Jeff Badu is the founder of Badu Enterprises, LLC, a multinational conglomerate that owns several companies
- The Ghanaian US-based entrepreneur and business owner aims to have a global presence in the next five years
- Badu, a 26-year-old former gang member shared the experiences that helped reset his path in life and future goals for his company
At the age of eight, Ghanaian native, Jeff Badu, moved to the United States. During his decade stay in the country, he joined a gang, a major distraction that nearly destroyed his future.
Not until he visited Ghana in 2008, Jeff Badu was headed down the drain.
During his visit, a misguided Badu engaged in a conversation with an aunt, which redirected his path in life.
Face2Face Africa writes that some of his comrades who were not fortunate enough to have an uncle or aunt to reset their lives are either dead or currently in jail.
Badu recounted his experience while in Ghana which greatly influenced his decision to live a meaningful life.
Witnessing so many people being homeless, including a few of his family members, stirred him up to redirect his life to ensure that he didn’t end up like any of those people.
Badu started going to church and he decided to pursue a goal to help an endless number of people with an unmatched desire to live meaningfully.
“I had been a bad kid who surrounded myself with the wrong things, and I had almost been put in handcuffs, and I knew that had to change” but knew that charity starts at home.
Badu returned to the United States revivified and with a fresh paradigm or mindset aimed at achieving ultimate success and that meant he had to sever ties with the gang.
Following that bold step, a determined Badu paid intense attention to his education and that showed in the grades he scored.
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Badu graduated from Uplift High School and later earned an undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Illinois.
However, the brutal killing of his close friend, who was in the process of helping somebody with a car spare tire at a gas filling station in the morning of October 28, 2014, greatly impacted the course of his life.
Badu blamed himself for the killing of his friend, stating: ''I felt very responsible for that because I had turned my life around but I didn’t go ahead and turn other people’s lives around at that time.''
However, that traumatising experience from his loss stirred him up to start a business as a serial entrepreneur
Face2Face Africa reports that the Uptown resident currently a licensed CPA and founder of Badu Enterprises, LLC, a multinational conglomerate that owns several companies.
Badu Tax Services, LLC, a CPA firm that specializes in tax preparation, tax planning and tax representation for individuals and businesses; and Badu Investments, LLC, which is primarily a real estate investment company.
Badu Investments, LLC acquires residential and commercial real estate properties in areas such as the South Side of Chicago in efforts to restore traditionally underserved areas.
Badu started his first business plan as an 18-year-old during his freshman year at the University of Illinois, where he has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the Gies College of Business.
Badu’s company serves 1,500 clients in all 50 states and in Canada, China, Russia, Liberia and India, and Badu now has 21 independent tax preparers working as contractors under his firm’s umbrella.
Badu’s goal is to have a global company with plans of having 50 contractors and an office in the United Kingdom within the next 12 months.
Also, the 26-year-old plans to have 10,000-plus clients, 250 independent contractors and offices around the world within five years.
Badu reveals that: ''We’re trying to do something very, very big, and we’re looking to become the No. 1 tax firm in the world.''
In another news, Legit.ng reported how a Nigerian lady, Adeola Olubamiji, who grew up in a tenant in a face-me-I-face-you apartment, bought two houses abroad.
Olubamiji bought a house in Canada and in the US and made sure she installed all the facilities she lacked while growing up in Ibadan in her houses.
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