We had the good fortune of connecting with Abioduni Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abioduni, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
My name is Abioduni Osinowo-Martin I was born in San Francisco, California, my mother is from Benin and my father is from Nigeria. I was raised not knowing or remembering who my real parents were. My two younger sister’s and I were adopted into a loving family. I was 6 years of age my two y0unger siblings were 2 and 6months old. We grew up in a rough environment around the early 80’s and 90’s. As a young African boy, not knowing how to speak any English and taken from my real parents; this wasn’t the ideal situation for me or my two siblings. Growing up I started to become a product of my environment, not in the ways one may think. I didn’t sell drugs or take them, but I would see these things all around me. This had a great effect on me, I was a troubled child, I wasn’t the ideal student. My adopted mother and the school board decided to induct me into the special education classes. Most of my young life I regretted being in special education classes. I wasn’t in these classes because I had a learning disability, I was in these classes because English was not my first language and the school district didn’t have ESL for young blacks who spoke a different language from the other black kids. However as I became aware of my struggles and my strengths I decided the moment I got to high school that I would make a change. That change came 9th grade when I tested out of special education. That moment for me was life changing, I knew then that I could accomplish anything no matter what people said about me, I knew I could do anything. I graduated Grambling State University; most people told me that I would even make it to college. I currently own my own sign/physical advertisement business of 7 years in Atlanta GA. My upbringing had a lot to do with my success today, I feel like if I didn’t go through the hardships I faced in my younger years I don’t think I would have the drive to never give up no matter what stumbling blocks are in front of me.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
D&E Wraps is a vinyl and wallpaper installation company located in Douglasville, Georgia. We specialize in the application and installation of vinyl materials and wallpaper for our customers. We also work with printing companies and businesses that require installation of vinyl materials for their clients. We are experienced in the many applications of vinyl such as; fleet vehicle wrapping, architectural wraps, bordering, mural wrapping, store front, custom color change wrapping. You name it, our motto is, “If it sticks, we can wrap it.”
What sets my company apart from other companies in my industry is I make sure my clients are pleased no matter what with in reason my clients are always satisfied. I’m most proud that I have achieved working for myself it has been my biggest challenge to date and my proudest moment. I’ve learned that you can not always plan for the unforeseen, sometimes you have to roll with the punches. Getting to where I am today was not and still isn’t easy it takes persistence to continue on, the days you don’t want to do something is the days that count the most. I want the world to recognize that I came from struggle and I turned that into something positive, I want the world to know that know matter what you decide to do with you life you can always do better. I want the world to know my brand will be the face of my industry in the next 10 years.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Day 1: Day drinks at my favorite bar, go eat at varsity for lunch, go back home to freshen up go hang out at a cigar lounge. Day2: Go to the mall do a little shopping for family and friends, go to the park and have a picnic, go to a nice jazz club.
Day 3: Hang out at the house and cook and catch up on life.
Day 4: Take a little road trip to the next state over and hang out all day.
Day 5: Have a Day party at my house with local friends and family. Night go out clubbing.
Day 6: visit the local museums and go to a fair.
I enjoy nature walks, hanging with my kids and watching Marvel movies all day.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout out to my favorite author Ralph Ellison and the book that changed my life “Invisible Man.’ I would like to shout of my brother Roy Gooden, my sisters Rita, Edna, and Veronica. They were always there to guide me on the right path. My loving mother God rest her soul. My two lovely sons Naim and Bryce. Shout out to all my friends and family, to all who played a part in making me the man that I am today.
Thank you all.