Jeta Amata was born on August 21, 1974. He is a Nigerian film maker and is from a family of veteran filmmakers including Ifoghale Amata, Zack Amata and Fred Amata. He graduated from Benue State University in Makurdi, Nigeria where he studied Theater Arts.
His work first went global when he produced a documentary film for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in 2003 using his film “Game of Life” as footage for the documentary. He holds 53 nominations and 10 wins for film awards in Africa, Europe and the United States, and is considered one of the most successful filmmakers to come out of West Africa. In 2001 at an audition in Calabar he met Mbong Amata. Two years later when she was 18 they began dating. They married in 2008 and their daughter Veno was born later that year. In 2013 they separated and in 2014 they divorced.