The Amazing Grace

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The Amazing Grace
Directed by Jeta Amata
Produced by
  • Jeta Amata
  • Alicia Arce
Written by
Screenplay by Jeta Amata
Narrated by Joke Silva
Music by Sammie Okposo
Cinematography Joe Taylor
Edited by Brian 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]



  1. ^ "AMAA Nominees and Winners 2007". African Movie Academy Award. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  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 (10 May 2007). "Film gives Nigeria's side of the slave trade". Evening Standard. Kensington, London, UK. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Fabulous Picture Show: Half Nelson". Al Jazeera. Doha - Qatar. 2 Jul 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2011. 

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