The Efik myth of creation is as follows:

The creator, Abassi, created two humans and then decided to not allow them to live on earth.

His wife, Atai, persuaded him to let the people live on earth with him.

In order to control the humans, Abassi insisted that they eat all their meals with him, thereby keeping them from growing or hunting food.

He also forbade them to have children. But soon, though, the woman began growing food in the earth, and she stopped showing up to eat with Abassi.

Then the man joined his wife in the fields, and before long there were children also.

Abassi blamed his wife for the wrong way things had turned out, but she told him she would handle it.

She sent death and discord down to earth to keep the people in their place, and their numbers down.