Narrated by Bertha D. Yakubu
Once upon a time death had a physical body. Humans could see death and talk it. He visited humans in their homes. He would tell humans in advance when he was coming.
He tried to make friends but was not very successful because no one really liked death. His activities among humans terrified them. He would take their children, mothers, fathers, grandparents and friends away to unknown places from which they never come back.
Death had many enemies. Everybody wanted to kill him, to give him a taste of his own medicine. Anywhere he went the people tried to fight him using whatever they could find.
Women tried to hit him with their pestles. They threw grinding stones at him. Those cooking threw burning pieces of firewood at him. The men did not spare him either. They threw anything they could find at him- machetes, sticks, spears and any other things they could find. Children threw stones, burning to coal anything at him.
Death was lonely and had no friends. He tried to explain to humans why he had to do what he did, but no one was interested in what he was saying. He said he was really a nice guy and meant no harm to anybody. The people thought this was funny coming from death that caused so much pain to people.
Death could not stand them hostility any longer. He decided to do something about his situation. His life was miserable and lonely. He decided to give up trying to be friendly with humans. They did not understand him nor he, them.
After a long thought, death decided to inform everybody that he would be going away and would never be seen by humans again. He had taken too much beating from women, men and stone-throwing from children. He could not suffer these any longer.
He was going away. Everybody was happy to hear this. They thought they have succeeded in driving him away. But death said “My going away is not to a far place, I will still live among you. The only difference is I will be silent and invisible. You will neither see me nor hear me when I come.” I will still come and take your young, the old, men and women. I will come quietly and take you away in your sleep, in your work, in your walk and in your play. That way you will not be able to harm me.
Since then, death has never been seen nor heard but it still comes secretly.