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Marrying Accidentally

Marrying Accidentally: The story of Hatsuko Takara

The story of Hatsuko Takara

By Amos Malupenga
Size: 148x 210 mm
Pages: 72 pages
ISBN 13: 978-1-920033-16-3 (paperback)
Published: May 2024
Publishers: NISC (Pty) Ltd
Recommended Retail Price: R 265.00
Cover: Paperback

About the book

The story of Hatsuko Takara-Kalabula is one of a Japanese woman who decided to visit Zambia back in the 1970s, fell in love with the country and its people, and chose to stay.

It is also an inspiring story about the power of love to break racial prejudice and transcend religious bigotry that still fuel many social injustices across the globe today.

It is a story of courage; of how a young girl escaped the horrors of the Second World War and decided to pursue her own dream, against all odds. It is a story of a woman who ventured into a continent and country unknown to her.

It’s a romantic story of how a Japanese woman “accidentally” fell in love with a Zambian man. 

This is a story of compassion, of a woman who touched the lives of visually-impaired pupils, helping them to break through many barriers set by a society that was far less accepting of people who had physical challenges.

In essence, this is a story of a woman who chose to be blind to race, nationality, religion and social status, and have her own world view free of prejudice.

Hatsuko would most definitely not consider herself a heroine, but the many people she touched, changing their destinies, definitely regard her as such.


About the Authors

Amos Malupenga is an accomplished journalist, author and public administrator.

He extensively practised investigative journalism for 16 years before resigning as managing editor of The Post in 2011 to join the Government of the Republic of Zambia as permanent secretary.

He served as permanent secretary for 10 years in various ministries including Local Government and Housing, Information and Labour, Tourism and Arts, and Information and Broadcasting Services, which was his last position in September 2021 following the change of government.

A few months before the 2021 presidential and general elections, he also served as Chief Government Spokesperson. 

During his tenure as permanent secretary, he served on over 20 Boards of Directors of parastatal and quasi government  institutions as non-executive director.

Among other qualifications, he holds a Bachelor of Communications degree from Australia’s Edith Cowan University.

Amos Malupenga is also the author of Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, An Incentive for Posterity (2009) and Conversations with Memorable Personalities (2022).



Prologue: A Business Card
Chapter One: Hatsuko – The Beginning
Chapter Two: Manchester and Edinburgh
Chapter Three: Coming to Zambia
Chapter Four: ‘In Love with the Blind’
Chapter Five: Marrying ‘Accidentally’
Chapter Six: Multiple Blessings
Chapter Seven: Longevity
Chapter Eight: Cremation and the Urn
Epilogue: Hatsuko’s Humility

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