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Mavi’s The Art Of Refinement


Founder of Poise Nigeria, Rev. Mavis Isibor, has unveiled Art Of Refinement, a book on etiquette, to address the many issues of our society. The book encapsulates the saying, ‘the value you place on yourself would be the way you would be treated.’

The book is a summation of Rev Isibor’s 16 years of experience of teaching etiquette, refinement and personality development. The Art Of Refinement will re-awaken individuals to do more to improve standard and make themselves more acceptable in the global landscape.

Held at the Poise Alcove, Lagos, the author states, “I think we have made an impact; we created the market and we now have competitors. It means we have done a good job and that there are a lot to be done in Nigeria. So, we are grateful that the book is now a reality and it is another landmark that we are moving forward and making progress toward refinement, great personality and civility in the society.

“I know there is a lot of room for improvement in Nigeria and that we are getting there. The fact that we exist, are working and making a successful in Nigeria shows that we are making a lot of progress and that Nigeria is ready to improve.”

Chapters in book include, Understanding Refinement, ‘What To Do, What You Say, How You Say It and How You Look. Isibor states that refinement is summed up in four words — decorum, finance, class and poise.

The author makes the reader to understand that with globalisation no one can run away from this delicate art of living, which is grossly lacking in our society today.

However, her experience proves it can be learnt if one keeps an open mind.

She posits that you don’t need a silver spoon to learn the art of refinement, as it is an art, a skill acquired through study and practice.

The author argues that it is worrisome that Nigeria has deteriorated into a nation of people that celebrate mediocrity in thought and conduct.

“It is no news that our international representatives, especially at the government level, are responsible for some of the continent’s most celebrated gaffes. It is a clarion call to change the old and mediocre ways of thoughts and deeds. No longer can we continue to maintain the ‘Ko-Mean Syndrome and expect to compete in the global area.

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