Francis Nzeutem’s parents left impoverished Cameroon for a new life in France before he was born, but they carried the cultural baggage of their homeland with them. Francis’s father beat his children and wife mercilessly, and his mother was powerless to help herself or her kids. Francis studied to earn his father’s approval, but years of abuse left him a rebellious, angry young man. He joined a Parisian gang, and his future looked grim.
However, soon visits to Cameroon and the United States would awaken an unquenchable thirst for success. Francis moved to America, married a lovely woman, and started a family. He pushed himself professionally and academically, working his way up the corporate ladder and earning two degrees. Through it all, he rebelled against the tyranny he’d experienced as a child. His own children, he swore, would never fear their father.
From the Streets to Wall Street is the unique story of a Frenchman with African roots who becomes a successful American businessman. In this compelling memoir, Francis experiences the cultures of three continents, embraces the empowering message of old-school political rap music, and puts the past behind him to create a better future for himself and his family.
Francis Nzeutem immigrated to the United States in his early twenties. The son of Cameroonian immigrants to France, he escaped his father’s brutal shadow and went on to work his way to corporate success in an amazing example of the American dream realized. An avid marathon runner, he’s competed in the Antarctic and Great Wall of China marathons. He’s the founder of a successful consulting firm, Juju Consulting Group. Francis and his ex-wife have two children.