Stephen Kumalo, who was an Anglican preacher with great moral
value. He was very firm in his beliefs, yet very nave when it came to
the "real world." Many people who knew Kumalo would call him
“Umfundisi”, which is a title and used with respect. Kumalo is seeking out
lost members of his family who have left the townships for the lights of the
big city. He is looking for his sister Gertrude,
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through out his journey to bring his family back to live in their village.
When he went through these obstacles, he never slowed down or stopped to
search for his family members. Therefore, Kumalo was a main element in
the plot. The reason he was so important is because through out all the trials
that he faced, he never once buckled and he never once question why it was
him and not someone else.