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Biography


Childhood

Dayan was ten years old when her family left Ghana to build up a better future in Germany. In her native country she belongs to the Ashanti tribe, known for its famous warriors. Her ancestry turned out to be an omen of success: She quickly settled into her new home in Kiel, in the Northern part of Germany, and German became her second mother tongue. Also, her good command of English and her elementary French proved very useful. 

She was drawn to the stage at an early age: As a teenager she danced and sang for Chris de Burgh, Sascha, Lou Bega, Haddaway, Right Said Fred and many others.


Education

Dayan passed her “Fachabitur” exam at Fachhochschule Kiel, where she also received a degree as a Business Assistant.

Then she followed her heart and decided to become a professional actress. She took acting classes at the Coaching Company Berlin and continued her training in Los Angeles at the Theater of Arts and the Howard Fine Acting Studio. 


Professional Acting

In the United States Dayan made an appearance in the TV series “Boston Legal” and “Passions”. She also appeared in the movies “Crank” and “Lords of the Underworld”.

Charity Work

Dayan very much enjoys to get involved with charity work. She felt extremely honored when asked to appear at the “House of Blues” in Los Angeles – on the catwalk with Angie Stone and Snoop Dogg – for the benefit of the “Michael Jordan Foundation” in 2006.

She is also a patron of “Ghanahilfe”, an international charity organization, supporting her home country of Ghana.

Education is very important for Dayan. Being an immigrant, she felt privileged to receive a good education – due to her parents’ never ending support – although this was not a matter of course.   

Dayan has become a role model for Africans living in Europe. She was on the cover of the first European edition of “African Heritage” magazine and was appointed a “Cultural ambassador of the African continent to Germany” in 2005.

For Dayan, being a role model means, that she tries to inspire young black African immigrants in Europe, promote their integration and help to make them self-confident and successful. Nevertheless, she is also prepared to offer criticism. Self-pity is not an option for her. She asks all young black people, who were born in Europe, especially in Germany: “Get involved, be aware of your roots, but don’t make the color of your skin responsible for any difficulties you might encounter!”

In her commitment for the integration of African-Germans Dayan took another step forward with her book project „My Black Skin – Schwarz. Erfolgreich. Deutsch.“ („My Black Skin – Black. Successful. German.“), which she initiated. The book contains photographs and interviews, featuring portraits of 25 African-German personalities from all ways of life –  some of them celebrities – who give an account of their personal road to success. They also proudly present their black skin. Their stories prove that – no matter what color your skin is or where you come from – you can achieve almost anything you want to. The book is intended to be a “manual for success”.

Dayan also initiated exhibitions of photographs and interviews from the book „My Black Skin“ in Hamburg and Bremen, Germany. She also conducts incentive workshops and gives lectures at schools with a high percentage of migrant pupils, both on a pro bono basis. This commitment earned Dayan a nomination for the “Emotion Award“ in 2014. Furthermore, she received the “Nana Yaa Asantewaa Award“ in the “Media“ category.

Since 2017, Dayan has been a mentor of the empowerment initiative „Future of Ghana Germany“, a charity organization, which was founded in Hamburg in 2016. Its objective is to build a network for young people with African roots to improve their career opportunities in Germany.