About Ubora and Ahadi

Ubora Award LogoThe Ubora Award is presented by the African Hall Subcommittee to an African-American adult who has demonstrated a commitment to the Greater Springfield area and exhibited excellence in the fields of community service, education, science, humanities or the arts. The Swahili word ubora means “excellence.”

Named for the Swahili word for “promise,” the Ahadi Youth Award is presented to a young African-American who has excelled in academics and performed admirable service to the Greater Springfield community. Eligible candidates must be age 19 or younger, live in or have strong ties to the Greater Springfield area, and be currently enrolled in grades 10, 11 or 12.

The African Hall Subcommittee is a volunteer group comprised of educators, business people and community leaders from the African-American community.

The Ubora and Ahadi Awards are presented at a ceremony at the Springfield Museums each September.


Nominations for the 26th annual Ubora Award and the 8th annual Ahadi Award have closed. The honorees will be announced in the summer, with an awards ceremony held in September 2017.

African Hall Subcommittee

  • Dr. Ruth S. Njiiri, chair
  • Dr. Anthony C. Hill
  • Dr. Calvin R. Hill
  • Sylvia Humphrey-Spann
  • Denise Jordan
  • Gwendolyn Miller
  • Donald Mitchell
  • John M. O’Brien III, CPA
  • Phyllis K. Osbourne
  • Wayne E. Phaneuf
  • Carol Sullivan
  • Bettye Webb
2010 honorees Zelmon “Zee” Johnson and Monique Farrell.

Past Honorees

Ubora Award

1992 Maestro Raymond Harvey
1993 Dr. Bryant Robinson
1994 Mrs. Jeanne Bass
1995 Taj Mahal
1996 Mrs. Bettye Webb
1997 Dr. Albert C. Pryor, Jr.
1998 Mrs. Josephine Edmonds

1999 Mr. Chester Gibbs
2000 Mr. Arthur Jones
2001 Mr. W. Robert McDonald, Sr.
2002 Mrs. Barbara Jefferson
2003 The Honorable Raymond A. Jordan, Jr.
2004 Jesse and Barbara Lanier
2005 Mr. Ronald E. Harrell
2006 Mrs. Janet Troutman-Simmons

2007 Ms. Denise R. Jordan
Mrs. Allyson Gouzounis
2009 Mr. Ronald A. Copes
2010 Ms. Zelmon “Zee” Johnson
2011 Dr. Albert and Mrs. Geraldine Garner
2012 Mr. E. Henry Twiggs
2013 Bob and Katie Glasgow
2014 Jerald “Jay” Griffin
2015 Henry Thomas
2016 Helen Caulton-Harris

Ahadi Award

2009 Myles Postell-Reynolds
2010 Monique Farrell
2011 Bria Brantley
2012 Dana Adrianna Lawes
2013 Raekwon Wheeler
2015 Victor Adaji
2016 David Bass, Jr.