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Sunday Inspiration! The Touching Story behind a Burns Survivor’s Makeover



Zuzu Makeover 1 BellaNaijaWhen Abuja-based makeup artist Zuzu Mamman of Sabjoz Beauty World published these photos online, she had no idea that they would have such an impact.

There is an even more remarkable story behind these photos. BellaNaija reached out to the makeup artist and she shared the story with us. It is so amazing that for the 2nd day running, we have found young Nigerians performing random acts of kindness towards strangers.
We hear way too many negative stories and it has inspired us so much!

The Story behind the Photos

Makeup artist Zuzu was in a salon when she spotted a young lady. The pretty young woman had burn scars on her face and body. Zuzu spoke to her and during their conversation, she revealed that she had survived a gas explosion.

She had gone into the kitchen and did not realize there was gas leakage. Once turned on the stove and lit a match, there was a huge explosion. The brave young lady survived this devastating experience.

After they spoke, Zuzu asked if she could make her over. She said yes. They decided on a bridal inspired makeover and you can see the results below.

We see beauty both in the “before” and “after” photos. We commend the brave young lady for allowing the world to see her in both ways and also Zuzu for reaching out to a stranger turned friend.

Zuzu Makeover 2 BellaNaija

Photo Credit: @SabjozBeautyWorld


  1. aikay

    October 25, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    One word “WOW”

  2. missy

    October 25, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Now this is what makeovers are for. Great job there! I’m super proud/happy of this beautiful survivor.

  3. Rashidat

    October 25, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    This is just. Thank you Zuzu for making her beauty shine even more for the world to see.

  4. Valerie

    October 25, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Inspiring and wonderful..

  5. nne

    October 25, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Wow!!! Now that’s what make up should do. She is beautiful!! Good job!

  6. finding purpose

    October 25, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    It’s in kindness that we actually unlock something so powerful that has always been inside of us.
    I’ve realised that sometimes when all we do is us, clarity is far,progress can even be confusing.
    But when we do others not for the praise but to extend the sheer love that is inside of us .. In it we truly find ourselves.
    I desire to show kindness his week!

  7. charles

    October 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I didn’t need to see her on make-up to know she is beautiful. She is obviously a beautiful lady without that paint all over her face.


  8. Dayo

    October 25, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    That is a beautiful face there,wish the lady can also learn make over.

  9. glow

    October 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Is it me or do people never smile in their “before” pix?

    • nene'sma

      October 25, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Not just you, I noticed it too, the makeup artists intentionally put not so flattering before pics

    • Seriously

      October 25, 2015 at 7:41 pm

      The same for weight loss. They imply that new makeup and new body is what is making them smile. It’s interesting.

    • californiabawlar

      October 25, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      exactly!! I will have loved the young lady smile in the first photo. I will slap any makeup artist that makes me look morose in a before picture…lol.

  10. Cheeway

    October 25, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Hmmm… Now everyone is complimenting and WOWing cos she’s got burns rite but if its a normal lady wearing makeup probably to hide blackheads, you will see comments like ‘too much makeup’ ‘fraud’ ‘make-up artists won’t make heaven’. GodIsWatchingAllOfUna

    • californiabawlar

      October 25, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      What type of human being are you?? Of all the injustices in the world, this right here is your cause? And you had to bring it here? I don’t want to be rude or anything, but you’re not okay…hmmn hmmn…not at all…lols.

  11. yue

    October 25, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I saw a certain comment on a fitness trainer’s page, which I devotedly follow. The fitness trainer shared a story on how she helped an homeless man, The comment reads : Hi Dana What a wonderful story…I’ve thought for a
    while now…if we could just fold the world in
    half…those that have and those that Don’t….each
    person just take one person and help them…imagine
    what that would do…this is your one person…beauti
    fully done. Thanks for sharing.”
    I really do love this exact comment, serving humanity at the end of the day is what everyone ends up doing, through different ways. This lady has found her own person. Have You found yours? Oh, and I’m finding mine aswell.

    • ada

      October 25, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      I’ve always echoed the same sentiments… i was telling my Husband that if just one family can take turns in feeding the helpless people that live in make shift houses on their streets , the world will be a better place.

      In Lekki, you always see families in make shift houses on uncompleted plots of land, and right beside them are houses , sometimes mansions where people have more than they need.
      Let us look around and help people around us.

    • MissBonnie

      October 25, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Perfect point… It’s not enough to gosh on how inspiring this post has bee. Let’s all look for ” one ” person.. As Chaz B would say ” if each one can reach one , then each one can teach one… What a beautiful life this will be”
      I don’t remember it .. But you get my point.

      Have a lovely week ahead .
      P.s Remember to smile at the crazy bus driver trying to enter your lane I’m traffic

  12. Fade to black

    October 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm


  13. Nene

    October 25, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I’m so proud of the woman zuzu has become. God bless you real big

  14. Gap

    October 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Yue, God bless u .

  15. omite

    October 25, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I am so proud of Zuzu. You are indeed an inspiration

  16. Oyiza Omadivi

    October 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Wat a touching story,more grace 2 ur elbow Zuzu

  17. Oyiza Omadivi

    October 25, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    The story is so pathetic,more grace 2 ur elbow Zuzu

  18. nonamespls

    October 25, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    it only takes a spark to get the fire going, why don’t we all do just one act of kindness this week.

  19. yusuf Ejura

    October 25, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    This is indeed creative God bless Sabjoz beauty world

  20. Rose

    October 25, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    ….at d end what u do with what u have is what counts. Well done Zuleiha

  21. ATL's finest

    October 25, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    AMAZING!!! Y’all don’t have to spend a life time savings on BMpro before U look flawless.. Way to go Zuzu.. I’m having more options these days & U’re #4 on my list.. Beautiful bride & U’re more than a survivor

  22. Asan

    October 25, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    The young lady should use HELICHRYSUM ESSENTIAL OIL for her burn scarring. It will fix EVERYTHING. SOMEONE HOOK HER UP. It’s 15 dollars U.S.

    • yue

      October 26, 2015 at 5:37 am

      Asan, I’ll get in contact with her. Your email address?

    • poshangel_01

      October 27, 2015 at 10:17 pm

      Yes. This works wonders. Someone should pls hook her up.

  23. Chinco

    October 26, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Shes beautiful and brave for putting herself out there.

  24. Anne

    October 26, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Does the oil Asan mentioned work? Can someone confirm please? It will be good to take this act of kindness a little further.

  25. itsDidis

    October 26, 2015 at 6:54 am

    She z so beautiful. With or without makeup

  26. tolu

    October 26, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I’m so touched. people should learn how to love as suppose to being mean and hateful towards one another.

  27. Tosin

    October 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

    me Zuzu :
    excited to meet another Zuzu

  28. candy

    October 26, 2015 at 10:01 am



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  30. Supernova

    October 26, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Zuzu, I am so proud of you sis. Way to go gal

  31. Ursula

    October 26, 2015 at 10:59 am

    And to think that some negative comments followed when people saw this picture on IG. Honestly at first i was a bit negative, but reading this now i feel really proud of both ladies. I’m inspired afresh. Continue the great work Zu

  32. Atika

    October 26, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Thats a sister everyone should be proud of. weldone lil sis, I am very proud of u.

  33. Seske Dorcas Stephen Rembah

    October 26, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Great work zuzu

  34. Idomagirl

    October 27, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Great stuff.

  35. princess

    October 27, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Go girl zuzu. U r gud

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