Ghanaian football is crying out for many things.
A genuine superstar to lead the Black Stars back to the summit of the African game was top of the list.
Enter Michael Essien. The class was always there but the English Premiership has inspired the Chelsea midfielder to new levels of maturity, not to mention success.
Ghanaians can, therefore, relax in the knowledge they possess a player with the potential to be a true African legend.
But does Essien consider himself to be the saviour of Ghanaian football?
What are his hopes and fears for next year's Nations Cup finals which will be played in his home country?
And what has made him such a success at Chelsea since his multi-million dollar move from Lyon?
After being presented with the BBC African Footballer of the Year award in Accra on Monday, 4 June 2007, the BBC's Farayi Mungazi will put these and other questions to Essien.
Do you also have a question you would like to ask Essien?
Well, the BBC is giving you the opportunity to quiz one of African football's finest exports to Europe.
Send your questions for Essien to Farayi by using the form on the right. All questions must be in by 1200 GMT on Monday, 4 June 2007.