The rescue of male ambition in buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price
This articleaddresses the issue of male ambition in connectivity with the female individual’s worth in Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price. It sheds light on the realm men generally put forward to move very far up the social ladder with the adversity of colonialism, at the expense of women. The paper demonstrates that, traditionally, the legitimization and enactment of patriarchy in African societies is used as a springboard to enhance men’s ambition, but in actual fact marginalizes women’s growth. It also lays emphasis on the centeredness of assets women are expected to yield to meet male ambition in their family given that the bride price which seals the social contract of marriage comes out as a source of tension and cultural rupture. The study provides the intrinsic relationship between the sacredness of myth and fate, i.e., contrarily to the traditional African women, who blindly abide by the way of conduct dictated by primitive cultural conventions, some of them challenge patriarchy as a whole, at their peril, in the quest of happiness.