Andre receiving his plaque from his dad

Ghana and Marseille winger, Andre Dede Ayew has been adjudged BBC’s African Footballer of the year 2011 beating Yaya Toure, Gervinho, Samuel Eto’O and Seydou Keita.
The 21-year-old was voted by African football fans based on his skill, technical ability, team work, consistency and fairplay.
“I’m honoured and surprised to receive this prestigious award, especially considering the great players who have won it in the past,” said Ayew.
Dede” becomes the fifth Ghanaian to win after his father, Sammy Kuffour (2001), Michael Essien (2006) and last year’s winner Asamoah Gyan.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2010 – Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland & Ghana)

2009 – Didier Drogba

2010 – Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland & Ghana)

2009 – Didier Drogba (Chelsea & Ivory Coast)

2008 – Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly & Egypt)

2007 – Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal & Togo)

2006 – Michael Essien (Chelsea & Ghana)

2005 – Mohamed Barakat (Al Ahly & Egypt)

2004 – Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)

2003 – Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)

2002 – El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool & Senegal)

2001 – Sammy Kuffour (Bayern Munich & Ghana)

2000 – Patrick Mboma (Parma & Cameroon)