This follows a meeting with the top brass of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalization Committee (NC) after which approval and full backing was granted to the plans of the coach.
Ayew replaces Asamoah Gyan, as captain of the Black Stars.
Gyan has been captain of the Black Stars for the past seven years. His new role is now "General Captain" which is an elevation.
Kwadwo Asamoah has been named the deputy captain.
President of the GFA-NC Dr Kofi Amoah has called on all stakeholders and citizens to support the transition whilst the Black Stars prepare their assault and conquest of Africa at AFCON 2019.