The creator god of the Bamum of Cameroon, he created men healthy and strong, and was therefore unable to understand why they became cold and stiff. Njinyi asked Death to explain this, asking if it were he who caused this to happen. Death replied that men themselves desired to die, and to prove it he sat by the wayside, while the god concealed himself behind a banana hedge. Presently along came a slave, who loudly wished that he had never been born;Death relieved him of his life. So, too, the next person to pass by, an old woman who bewailed her fortune. Death took her also, and then turned to Njinyi, saying "You see how it is? They call me, and I answer their desire." Njinyi then went away sad, for he saw the truth of what Death said.