A teacher at the village school and at Sunday school. He breaks up the fight when Tambu tackles Nhamo for stealing her corn, and, after listening to her tale, he offers to help her sell her corn in Umtali. Unlike most of the other adults in Tambu's life, Mr. Matimba listens carefully to Tambu and takes her desires seriously. When they're on the street together in Umtali, Mr. Matimba tells Doris, a passing white woman, a story about Tambu's circumstances designed to arouse her sympathies and with this, is able to help Tambu raise enough money for two years of school. Understanding that the ten pounds would immediately disappear if Tambu takes it home, Mr. Matimba sets up a system to pay for school that allows Tambu to use the money without having to keep it herself. He later tries to impress upon Jeremiah that Tambu's education will be valuable to the family.