Today (August 21) is the birthday of award winning director, Jeta Amata. He is from Isoko, Delta State. He is a member of the famous Amata dynasty. His grandfather was John Amata – an actor and playwright, who co-wrote the first African colored feature film. His father is Zack Amata, a reknowned actor and Theatre Arts lecturer.
He attended the University of Jos, where he studied Theatre Arts. He directed his first movie, Glamour Boys in 1995, at the age of 21. Over the years he has made more movies, and won several awards. Some of his other movies are No More Food For The Gods, Black Mamba, The Amazing Grace, Inale, and Black November. In 2006, his movie, Amazing Grace won Best West African Film at the Sreen Nation Awards (UK). In 2011, he won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Screen Play at the American Black Film Festival in Miami Beach, for his movie, Black Gold.