Springfield Museums’ 24th Annual Ubora awards

Recipients were recognized for their leadership qualities and strong character

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Museums held their 24th Annual Ubora awards celebration Saturday night, which honors African Americans who have made significant contributions to the greater Springfield community.

This year’s recipients were Henry M. Thomas III and Victor Adaji, who received the Ahadi youth award.

Both men were recognized for their leadership qualities and strong character.

Victor Adaji told 22News: “It just made me stronger to be able to face any challenge that was to come. It made me feel like I was ready for anything that comes my way, and when I finally got here I felt like, ‘now it’s finally my time to do what I have to do.”

Adaji migrated to Springfield from Kenya two years ago and is now a freshmen at UMass Dartmouth.

He plans to pursue a career as a mechanical engineer.

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