Kindly tell us your name in full?
My Name is Ayegbanengiyefa Ruth Otiotio
Do you have a Nick name?
Lool I have a lot of nicknames… Ruthie, RU tee tee, nengisco, nengi baybee.
Wow that’s quite a lot (smile).
Haha I know
How was growing up like?
Ahh… It was awesome… I’m the first of five children… I’ve always had my siblings and people around me who made life very interesting… Plus my mom and dad I call them the super duo… They did everything in their power God helping them to give us the best of life… I think to a large extent I can say God was and is still absolutely faithful…
What course did you study in the university?
I studied the almighty ‘LAW’
What made you studied law?
Well a number of things… First I’ve always had a flair for everything that does not involve numbers except it is ALERT. Also I hate injustice. I remember I would watch movies about the American civil war and my blood would boil… I think I would easily have been a Rosa Parks had I been born in that time and place. I also had a lot of encouragement from my dad and people around me to study law. Lastly I figured that a lot of the great leaders of our times and in time past were lawyers so it only made sense to study what they studied… Ha-ha… It’s funny though I’m not into litigation now that I’m a qualified lawyer… I mostly do corporate law… I might dabble into litigation one day may be to defend a rape victim…
I love your sterling sense of humor; the first line of your statement got me laughing real hard
Haha… I guess it’s a gift I should think of developing… Thank you sir…
What are the major turning points in your life?
Hmmn… I’ve had several, but I think for me life has been more of a process… I’ve sort of found myself blooming gradually… I’m not really one of those people who had major light bulb moments and then their lives are completely turned around… I’ve had probably too many light bulb moments… I mean I read a book I get a light bulb moment… I hear a message. From a conversation with a friend… I think for me I would say my major turning points happen almost every day, such that I find myself changing and getting better in various areas of life… I’ll give an instance I recently read a book by Sunday Adelaja on destroying poverty and he taught me some money principles which completely changed my mindset on how I deal with my finances. I have been practicing those principles and can see change already … So that for is a major turning point…
I guess you have Thomas Edison to thank for having such light bulbs in your possession.
Haha… That guy saved plenty things oooo…
I was reserving the book question till later, but since you brought that up, i know you read a lot. Can you tell me some of the books you’ve read, and your all-time favourite?
Hmmn… Okay my all-time favourite… That’s hard o… I think I’ll go with Daughter you can make it by Dag Mills a Ghanaian preacher… Apart from my father and mother that was one book that made me believe that a woman can be anything she wants in this world… That book made be ignore blackberry for a day…
Then for novels I’ll say “And the shofar blew by Francine Rivers”.
Ohoho! So you’re a phone addict?
Ah Omo… Then o… It was terrible that time bb just came out…
I feel your pain, i can relate.
Wow! Though i don’t read novels
You should consider it,
Novels can be very interesting.
Well maybe because I am a Realist and Shakespeare choice of words made me flee from novels.
Hahaha… Sha I get…
So if you are to recommend a life changing book for a young lady, struggling for which path to take in life, what book would that be?
Daughter You Can Make Dag Heyward Mills. I would also add woman thou art loose TD Jakes, Kissed the girls and made them cry Lisa Bevere, any book by Sunday Adelaja, Power of priorities DK Olukoya…
Lool I know u said one
But I might as well hehe…
Wow, you’re a walking library.
Ha-ha! Not at all.
I’ve just managed to read some books in my small lifetime
I know you to be a lady who is in control of her life, i mean purpose driven and conscious of where she’s heading in life, so were you born like that, or there was time in your life when you were unorganized and unkempt. Would you like to share some practical steps, laws and principles in which you apply to achieve such mastery?
Haha… Not at all… I am blessed to be born into a home where we are taught to be God conscious and productive in life… However I didn’t always, at times in my life I have found myself drifting away from the truth… But I’ve always had a sense of direction I want to live a life that would help others so a lot of times when I found myself off track, I would ask questions like if I continue like this what would become of all the lofty dreams God has put in my heart… Somehow I’m able to navigate my way back with the help of God. Another thing for me that is key is being real with God… Like if you know what you’re dealing with, don’t act like you’re not dealing with such things and be forming like you have it all together… Be as real as you can with him and he will help you… Also the people around you… I’ve had to un-make (if there is such a word) bad decisions about people around me. When I did that the right people came gradually
This is deep!
I also know you have this unwavering passion for business, can you tell us your journey in to the business world, your first love for it. Being a barrister, and still having the zeal for business, how does that come to play, in details please?
Hahaha… I’ve always loved business… When I was younger I would string beads on threads and sell them to my mom as bangles and earrings… At a time I and my sisters started something called glitter family… We would make cards for Christmas etc. and sell them to anyone who cared to buy mostly family…
Then while in law school, I would order shoes from the UK and my sister would bring them for me when she was on holiday and I would sell them. After a while I learnt to make Ankara accessories and started that… I made earrings for my colleagues in law school… By the time I went for Nysc I realized I could make my business a gifts business and supply souvenirs for events so that took off as ARO GiFtS selling hampers during Christmas…
It has always been in your blood then.
Right now we are working on expanding into events proper…
That is still in the works though so I’m not able to say much.
Am staring to think this law thing you studied was just for formality sake.
Can you tell us your business name, and what are the challenges you have faced running the business?
ARO GIFTS is the name for now, but we are working on rebranding it to ARO GiFTS and Events… It is a gift and Events Company that supplies souvenir items for special occasions, and the events part, we are working on becoming a one stop center for all events need… So basically we want to be the company that plans your event… For me the ability to keep your customers is one key area for me, and them finding the right people who can run with what you have in mind.
My major challenge has been people. Then next to people was the increase in dollar rate, it was really bad at a point. Because the prices skyrocketed so much so that it was hard to even tell your clients the new and improved price of certain items.
I guess the dollar issue is felt even by an unborn child.
I forgot to mention that we are also put an African touch to all our items… Yes o.
How were you able to manage and still keep the business alive?
It was something else, at a point i had to focus on other things for a while then think on how I could re-strategize….
I guess every business at a point will take a blow. That’s where persistence and passion kicks in.
How did you come about the name Aro gift?
Ha-ha! ARO is my initials. But the full name of the company is ALLURING ROSE.
Alluring rose. That’s awesome
What are the core values and principles that govern your business?
First our catch phrase is To you with love
We want to create happiness in everyone’s life
Our customers, and the recipients of the gift items,
Both those who work for the company.
We want to create a world of happy people.
Happiness is an essential element next to oxygen in a Man’s life
Yes it is
Okay, that’s brilliant
How can people find you online?
Okay! Facebook: Ruth Otiotio, Instagram: nengiyefa
Business handle: Instagram: aro.gifts
As a young vibrant lady who has so much going on in her life, do you sometimes feel like, men find you intimidating?
I hope not… I think I’m pretty easy to get along with when you get to know me.
From afar you might not feel that way though… Hahaha
I guess some might, but that shouldn’t be the case unless he is NFA
No FUTURE AMBITION.
Most men get scared easily, they just have a nice way of concealing it.
Lool okay o…
On a lighter note, have you had a funny experience with a man trying to get your attention?
Hahaha yes somebody once told me my head is like world cup.
I can’t believe I laugh really hard to this one, was that supposed to be a compliment?
Yes it was…. Haha… I almost fainted with laughter myself, so I understand.
What would you say to young women who see marriage as their only life assignment?
Please! Please, and please… That is such a dangerous misconception. Marriage is part and parcel of a greater assignment. God knew that the job he gave each of us to do is such that we would need a companion to help us… Both in good and bad times so he gave us marriage as a platform… Please it is important for ladies to fully develop their God given abilities to the point that they can deliver it with excellence to the world. Marriage is very important but it is not the end of the matter… If it was God would have made life such that once you marry you will go straight to heaven because you have completed your assignment. I pray that God almighty would reveal his deep secrets to all young ladies especially those from the African climes. We have so much to offer and this can be done in absolute humility and true surrender to God if with top notch excellence too.
i can see the passion in which you respond to this question, and you put it in a more succinct way.
I believe it is something that really needs to be addressed…
When you look around the world, especially Nigeria, and you see the way the young girls are living their life, what comes to your mind?
They are eagles that think they are chickens.
Do you think the environment has conditioned them that way?
Many yes but some have been placed in the right environment but lack the understanding of who they really are so they settle for less. We started a program last year for young ladies it’s called Rubies international where we come together and discuss several of such issues although it has been on and off. I think this discussion is a prompter that there is need to work on making it steady… The aim of the program is to deal with these sorts of issues… And create a shift in the mindset of young ladies particularly those of African descent.
Wow! I love this
How can ladies struggling with personal issues, get to you personally, and receive help?
They can email me on email@example.com or send me a direct message on any of my social media handles.
This is helpful. Thank you
Thank God and thank you for the privilege to share.
Do you have Mentor(s)?
My parents, Folorunsho Alakija, Pastor Funke Adejumo,
Christine Caine just to mention some
Wow, awesome people.
Do you have a favourite quote?
Not really… I don’t really keep quotes in mind but when
I see them they jump at me at times…
Three more question before we round up this interview, if you don’t mind, i just can’t get enough of your responses, brilliant and enlightening.
Alright thank God for wisdom
What trigger your love for the less privilege?
Honestly I don’t know… I’ve always wanted to help
People for as long as I can remember… I think it’s
Just how God wired me.
Guess you’re a compassionate being?
I do try… It’s not always easy to be compassionate…
What are your talents and skills?
Haha I sing… If I may my first single will be out on
The 21st of June. I think also speak well… I write
Too… Lool…I think I’ll leave it there for now
Ehehe, super woman, wonder woman.
Lool. Haha I wish
Will you be doing the album lunch?
The full album would be ready toward July
ending… But there won’t be any official launch per say…
Alright. it’s a quantum leap, as per your assignment on earth, like the late Dr. Myles Munroe would say, live full, die empty
Yes sir… We should all strive to die empty…
Do you have any regrets?
What would you like the world to remember you for?
Acts: 13. 36. For David, after he had served his own
generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid
unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
If u replace the David with my name and all the his
with she… That is what I want my obituary to read.
Your last word for this interview if there is any?
I think the world is in such a state that it needs help and comfort. For me everything I do stems from the fact that I am a born again, child of God. I firmly believe that we have the answers the world needs and it is time for everyone to let their light shine for all to see… The bible says that Nations will come to your rising so if we are not rising I’m not sure if they will come… I would urge each and every one of us to arise and shine because the glory of God truly is upon us… And if anyone is yet to know this God I have been rambling about… He is ever ready with arms open wide… All it takes is a prayer of faith like this one… Dear father, I’m sorry for all the things I have done wrong. Please forgive me and save me. Help me become the best version of me as I strive to serve you. If you just said this prayer. Welcome Home baybee… The King loves you and so do I. If you can find a Bible believing church near you and begin attending there or contact myself or the interviewer with the information provided… Too much love everyone and ALL THE BEST…
Thank you to Wise Solo for this opportunity to share my little… God bless you and increase the works of your hand sir… You are appreciated… Thanks.
END OF INTERVIEW
THANK YOU SO MUCH