The Amazing Grace

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The Amazing Grace
Directed byJeta Amata
Produced by
  • Jeta Amata
  • Alicia Arce
Written by
Screenplay byJeta Amata
Narrated byJoke Silva
Music bySammie Okposo
CinematographyJoe Taylor
Edited byBrian Hovmand
Jeta Amata Concepts
Release date
  • 1 June 2006 (2006-06-01) (Nigeria)
  • 9 May 2007 (2007-05-09) (UK)
Running time
100 min
  • Nigeria
  • United Kingdom
Budget£400,000 (estimated)

The Amazing Grace is a 2006 British Nigerian historical drama film written by Jeta Amata and Nick Moran, directed by Jeta Amata and produced by Jeta Amata & Alicia Arce. The film stars Joke Silva, Nick Moran, Scott Cleverdon, Mbong Odungide, Fred Amata and Zack Amata. The film received 11 nominations and won the award for Achievement in Cinematography at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2007.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]


The film, occasionally narrated by Joke Silva, tells the reformation story of British slave trader John Newton (Nick Moran), sailing to what is now Nigeria to buy slaves but, increasingly shocked by the brutality of slavery, later gave up the trade and became an Anglican priest.[8][9] Newton later wrote the redemptive hymn Amazing Grace and became an abolitionist.


  • Nick Moran as John Newton
  • Joke Silva as Maria Davies
  • Scott Cleverdon as Oliver
  • Mbong Odungide as Ansa
  • Fred Amata as Etim
  • Zack Amata as Village Priest
  • Itam Efa Williamson as Orok
  • James Hicks as Simmons
  • Ita Bassey as Chief
  • Nick Goff as Rupert

Tunes of the hymn "Amazing Grace"[edit]

According to the film, the tune to which we sing the hymn "Amazing Grace" today was appropriated from the tune of an African song. But in reality, more than twenty musical settings of "Amazing Grace" circulated with varying popularity until 1835 when William Walker assigned John Newton's words to a traditional song named "New Britain", which was itself an amalgamation of two melodies ("Gallaher" and "St. Mary") first published in the Columbian Harmony by Charles H. Spilman and Benjamin Shaw (Cincinnati, 1829).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AMAA Nominees and Winners 2007". African Movie Academy Award. Archived from the original on 12 October 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Ajonye, Akatu (9 January 2007). "The Movies That Changed The Colour of 2006". Newswatch. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Golden Handcuffs of motion picture bondage: slavery in cinema". New York Press. New York, USA. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  4. ^ Ham, Anthony (2009). West Africa. Lonely Planet Publications. p. 621. ISBN 978-1-74104-821-6.
  5. ^ Armes, Roy (2008). Dictionary of African filmmakers. Indiana University Press. p. 228. ISBN 978-0-253-35116-6.
  6. ^ Smith, Ian Haydn (2008). TCM international film guide (44 ed.). Wallflower Press. p. 235. ISBN 978-1-905674-61-9.
  7. ^ "The Amazing Grace (2006)". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  8. ^ Jury, Louise (9 May 2007). "Film gives Nigeria's side of the slave trade". Evening Standard. London. Archived from the original on 16 October 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "The Fabulous Picture Show: Half Nelson". Al Jazeera. Doha - Qatar. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2011.

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