The event, which took place at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, had in attendance friends, family, associates, colleagues, and dignitaries alike, such as the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the chairperson of the event, Joseph Ajanlekoko, a former president of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and President, of the Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy, Toun Okewale Sonaiya the CEO and co-founder of Women Radio, also past and serving diplomats of various consulates.
“We have at one point or the other been either victims or perpetrators of these acts of indiscipline and cause inconsideration to our fellow human beings. For example, driving down the road and throwing litters out of your car, touching strange people without their permission, going to an event uninvited, speaking to people in a rude and disrespectful manner, the list goes on”, she said.
She further added that “Since no one is above mistakes, it also means that no one is above learning, especially when it comes to soft skills which are very essential but fast diminishing in today’s world. For anyone seeking personal refinement, ‘My Etiquette and I’ is the guide they need by reading the book and abiding by the basic principles of etiquettes that have been expressed. You are on a journey to becoming a more refined version of yourself…”,
Philip Sykes, principal and founder, the British School of Etiquette, who joined the ceremony from its inception via an online meeting platform, in his presentation, described the book as a phenomenal achievement and very timely.
For Etienying Akpanusong, there is no resting on her oars as she is determined to drive the initiative for etiquette to become part of schools’ curriculum because in her words “education is worthless without civility“.
One of the reviewers present, a lawyer, Rita Chris-Garuba, recommended the book for use in primary and secondary schools as well as in public libraries and for training platforms/programs. A renowned journalist and a co-reviewer, Akpandem James, expressed that the book comes “handy and useful as a guide to not only to behave right in public but also at home. People assume they already know what is right whereas they do not”.