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On Friday 14th February 2014, makeup brand Zaron took love to a different level when they gave 10 widows a fantastic makeover, meals, monetary gifts and other goodies at their head office in Ikoyi, Lagos.

To qualify to attend the special occasion, the widows had to provide a basic business plan and present to the cosmetic brand. The exercise is a follow up to last year’s Widow’s Day and is geared towards the financial empowerment and moral support for women who are faced with various challenges in the society.

The MD Zaron cosmetics, being a widow herself fully identified with the challenges they faced and has stated that the outing has been made a yearly exercise to fulfill part of Zaron’s corporate social responsibilities.

Present at the event were Zaron’s CEO, Oke Maduewesi and the entire Zaron team.

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52 Comments

  1. OGD

    February 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    This is awe inspiring. Welldone Zaron Makeup.

  2. Abiodun

    February 27, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    God bless her for reaching out to Widows.

  3. Ananymos

    February 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    God Bless you

  4. Ananymos

    February 27, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    God Bless Zaron

  5. always happy

    February 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Its refreshing to know, feel and see that folks are thinking of ways of how to love on others ( whether they deserve it or not ) there’s always a way……. where you have the will

  6. @edDREAMZ

    February 27, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Luvly….. there is nothing sweeter than being there for people who lost love one’s… Nice one zaron make up, atlist yu are contributing to the society in ur own kinder way…..
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  7. Fola

    February 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Well-done, God bless her heart….

  8. Babytohcute

    February 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Aww! This is sweet. Wishing Zaron all the best

  9. Kimmy

    February 27, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Chai! who go dey shave that mama eyebrow when e grow?

  10. kokie

    February 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Sweet. At least it brought a smile for a day. Well done

  11. Hurperyearmie

    February 27, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Wow!!!!!!! God bless you Zaron this is what most of our female politicians are suppose to be doing but mba they won’t they are more corrupt than the men sef

  12. chenney

    February 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    What a massive act of kindness and show of love, i pra that God will continually bless the owners of the business andtheir business for remembering the widows.

  13. omada

    February 27, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    awwww. this made me tear up. God bless you guys…

  14. Titi

    February 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Great work, BUT I see a trend which is what happens in the West with volunteering and helping people out. Usually picture of a hungry looking child from Africa and their saviour next to them, and this gets posted all over the internet. I challenge people who volunteer and help others not to put their pictures/names up, but show the work they are doing without announcing who they are to the world.

    A lot of Nigerian celebrities do that and makes you wonder if they are doing it from their heart or just a publicity stunt.

    • Opinion

      February 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      My sentiments exactly. This was a kind gesture but it would’ve been more honorable to keep it out of the public eye especially if its not about you but about them. It seems more like a pity party than an act of charity. Again, its better than doing nothing but anonymous kindness is waaay more honorable.

    • L'afrique

      February 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Often times, publicising it can lead to inspiration for someone else, or create awareness for sicknesses unknown or plights long forgotten.

      The way I see it, let it be done openly or let it be done secretly. Let it just be done.

    • NaijaPikin

      February 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      I disagree…..In naija volunteering is not a popular act like it is in western countries. Pictures like this encourage people to give back money/time/effort. When it becomes the norm in naija, then we can talk about it being done silently.

      Till then i say make it known. Like any new venture, iut deserves promotion so because can catch on and join the movement.

      Kudos to this lady and her team. May you be rewarded greatly. I will rather give my money to people I know are socially responsible.

  15. Adaeze

    February 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    God bless and uplift the Zaron Team. Amen.

  16. Nominee

    February 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Some of the widows are really young o! Must be heartbreaking! Good one Zaron!

  17. AVID BLOG READER

    February 27, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    This is really nice. God bless

  18. Mz Socially Awkward...

    February 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    This would have been so hard to sit through without a box of tissues nearby. And that lady with her little baby boy made me feel so sad. Actually they all did as I’m sadly numbering more widows among my female friends these days than we would ever have imagined was possible, when we all younger girls with happy dreams. God bless the good folk at Zaron who thought about these women and decided to reach out to them.

    Everyone, please always remember to spread love whenever you can to the widows in your family, your church, or your general environment. It’s hard going for those women (I know widowers also go through the same pain but the plight of the widow is, sadly, a lot worse) and every scrap of support truly helps.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      February 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      *when we were all younger girls…

      Oh and at your mosque too, just spread love howsoever you know a widow.

  19. Demmy

    February 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    This is so sweet. God bless them. xx

  20. Stylefash25

    February 27, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    God bless the Zaron Team.

  21. Grace

    February 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    How nice….God bless Zaron.

  22. Ada

    February 27, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Beautiful woman…very thoughtful of you….Is this Okler Maduewesi’s wife?

  23. Sharon

    February 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Awww this nice I know Oke from church she used to be based in Port-Harcourt and worshiped with The Kings Assembly. am so glad your thriving good to see you here Oke. such a nice lady good job.

  24. Dayo

    February 27, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    This is all fine and dandy for the sake of claiming Good Samaritan and I don’t mean to be a Debbie-downer… But, I don’t see how all this correlates with one another.
    In order for the women “to qualify to attend the special occasion, the widows had to provide a basic business plan and present to the cosmetic brand.” how does presenting a business plan equal getting a makeover? I would think asking windows to present a business plan means that in some way the cosmetic brand is offering to somehow sponsor, support or maybe offer a percentage of funds towards the women’s proposed plan.
    From the looks of the last few pictures these women are in sorrow and hurting from their daily struggle and makeup isn’t going to change that for them; though I commend the cosmetic brands attempt to help; I think it’s a bit misleading to ask for a business plan in order for the women to participate; the brand is just giving these widows the false hope that maybe a major company in Ikoyi will support them in their small business venture; eventually getting them out of their rut.
    If the cosmetic brands offer was to just give 10 windows a simple makeover then merely use the age old draw a number from a bowl system to keep it simple; they need to do away with giving these women an elusive initiative towards their future by asking them to turn in a business plan in order to partake.
    I doubt after turning in a business plan, the widows believe they were going to leave the establishment with just a face full of makeup, a goodie bag and a photo op for the owner to post all over blogs of her good will.
    This company claims they “fulfill part of Zaron’s corporate social responsibilities.” But, to fulfill Corporate Social Responsibility is the continuing commitment by a business to behave ethically and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local community and society at large. Somehow… I don’t think a Zaron’s idea of CSR is completely on the right track.
    And if I was to play the opposition here, since the business plans do nothing for the participants after they turn it in… What happen to the plan is it shoved in a draw somewhere or thrown away or later implemented by let say the owner who does have the funds to do so. Was a non-disclosure form signed when they turned their plan in; I can’t help but dabble in the thought that it was a subtle way of stealing ideas or survey what works in the local market… I’m just saying!

    • NaijaPikin

      February 27, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      While I am not close to the details, it does say in the write up that “monetary gifts” were provided. I would assume that the money provided was probably to support the business idea they submitted.

      Again the write up says the day was “geared towards the financial empowerment and moral support for women who are faced with various challenges in the society.” So it sounds like the main focus was to get this women thinking in the right track. they can create business plans, and can turn those plans to a reality. The make over was the extra.

      I’m guessing you are not a widow. Don’t knock even a makeover as something silly. You’ll be surprised the little things in life that put a smile of faces of widows, orphans, etc. Sometimes these folks just derive joy from knowing they are not forgotten.

      I do see your viewpoint though, but going by the write up, it seems you came to the wrong assumptions.

    • Ogochukwu

      February 27, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Hello Dayo, i don’t think the post is complete at all as my cousin is the widow in white and she got a huge cash gift on that day based on the small business plan she submitted. Every other widow there that day got the same amount. That’s the white envelope they are being presented with in the pictures. They also got cakes and a rose flower. It was wonderful valentine for her as she just lost her husband last december. Well done Zaron!

    • Hot mama of two lil darling boys!

      March 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks Ogochuckwu for explaining to dayo and thank you zaron for making this ladies smile. For this action I am convinced to join the zaron family. Business with a heart!

    • Anon

      February 28, 2014 at 3:20 am

      Wow! You were not there, so how do you know what they did with the business plan!! How do you know cheques were not given in an envelope with the goody bags! Why not think of the way you can contribute to your own community rather than put others down, quite pathetic with all your reasoning!

    • Yt

      February 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      @Dayo. Did they tell you try were asked to do a raffle. Rather than sit on ur black bum and draw conclusions why not ask questions.
      Even if all they got was a makeover, food and smiles……she made them happy for ONE DAY. How many people in ur hood have you made happy for a minute ? You just come here and put down other people’s work.
      Well done OKE and the Zaron team, may God almighty continue to comfort you.

  25. frances

    February 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    woah! this so sweet.. God bless Zaron makeovers, thank you for blessing lives with what you have. God bless you

  26. LamLam

    February 27, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    This made mi tear up, i have a 33yr old elder sis who has bin a widow for 5yrs now just made mi rmbr my sis Samantha. God bless u zaron

  27. yemisi

    February 27, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    God bless Oke and Zaron team.

  28. Royalty

    February 27, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Im teary eyed! God bless her!

  29. OmoMakun

    February 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    God bless her heart and may HE continue to uplift the widows

  30. Saint tracy

    February 27, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Na wah o! People can’t just for a moment feel orther people’s pain n let it be. They must write a full epistle of whether it in necessary to show picture, be anonymous, write business plan etc. what have u done, u that has d best idea? It’s the ability to type on blogs that has to blame. Shebi before u for read n move on, cos no way to post comment.
    See widows no get husband again, dey cry u dey talk anonymous. Sometimes it’s not only cos they are poor, but cos they need someone to share their tots, lives with, n he’s no more.
    Zaron you do well o!

  31. yewande

    February 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    @ dayo,
    the widows were asked to come with a business plan and were given funds towards starting a business and they assist them for a year to ensure the business grows. a business plan is a prerequisite for getting the funds and not just being invited to get a makeover and eat on Valentine’s day

  32. BEAUTIFULNBLESSED

    February 28, 2014 at 2:47 am

    GOD BLESS O. THIS IS NICE!

  33. Eve82

    February 28, 2014 at 6:34 am

    See young women. Jehovah have mercy on your children. May God continue to strengthen you all.

  34. nigerian

    February 28, 2014 at 9:13 am

    All the people with negative comments should pls shut up. The CEO Oke Maduewesi is a widow herself. She lost her husband in a plane crash. PLS SHUT UP WITH ALL THE NEGATIVITY!

  35. pwaxxy

    February 28, 2014 at 9:40 am

    dats so touchin, nice one ZARON keeep it up , god will continue to bless and expand ur bizness in JESUS name………..

  36. Debbie

    February 28, 2014 at 11:10 am

    God bless you – Oke and the ZARON team…. Oke is a young widow herself and so understands what these women are going through. She knows just where to touch to make a difference and i’m sure thats the reason she did what she did. We need more of such goodwill. God bless and take care of your kids and also expand your bizness my dear.

  37. K2

    February 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Welldone to Oke & the Zaron team! Good endeavour. Our God Almighty will continue to bless & enlarge your business.

  38. Beasmarts

    February 28, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    This brought tears to my eyes, am soo moved. This is something we all should want to key into; how to add value, not only to our lives but to the lives of others around us. Thank you Zaron for doing this….i can hardly control the eye streaming down my face…

  39. Anonymous

    March 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    As always Oke kindness is ur driving force. Keep it and continue to touch more lives. God bless u and prosper Zaron

  40. kay

    March 2, 2014 at 12:55 am

    @dayo;even if it was Makeover and a nice meal and cakes….it was worth the time for these women to be strengthened and encouraged amongst themselves……zaron was about helping them establish a business and they had to tender a business plan to qualify.FYI,my mum is one of the widows there,and yes she was given a fat cheque which she has plunged into her business as I speak,she couldn’t stop praying for a woman who didn’t know her from Adam yet could write her a fat cheque that friends and family never came through for…..people like you don’t do jack yet quick to abuse social media with your annoying comment……I am a product of a widow who single handedly raised for children and I will never forget zaron for this.Thank you zaron.

  41. missh

    March 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    @Dayo, now that you have criticized and speculated, what have you done and what are you doing to make a change?

  42. Aderonke

    March 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Nothing is too small to give is the motive thta counts. Little drops of water make a mighty ocean.
    Well done to the team at Zaron. God bless you al plenty.
    It is also good to create awareness of such acts so that others can be motivated to do much more and for people that think they are the only ones in such agony or circumstances to know they are not alone.
    Well done team Zaron

  43. Ik. Okereke

    March 10, 2015 at 2:12 am

    My Sister, you have done well. I’m sure Okoloma would be proud of you. He was a kind heart too!. I’m a guy, but I’ve had to dab a few drops from my eyes. If all the world was like this!. God Bless You.

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