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The Second Annual Ubuntu Awards: New Jersey’s 30 Under 30, presented by Them Cloud Kids, will honor 30 distinguishable women, men, and groups under the age of thirty whose powerful community work and collaborations with notable organizations and individuals has left a lasting impression around the state of New Jersey. This event will make it possible for leading community figures and influencers to network with like-minded individuals while enjoying entertainment, hors d'oevres, and impactful speeches from passionate youth. 

The public and Them Cloud Kids will nominate organizations or particular people who they believe exude Ubuntu in their daily life and through skills or abilities that have ultimately impacted the community. You may nominate anyone who fits the criteria of any of the descriptions for each category. 

This event is an fundraiser for Them Cloud Kids Inc. and it allows the organization to provide programming for the community throughout the year. This year the organization is working hard to obtain a space within the city of Newark to house their community programs and initiatives. If you are interested in sponsoring the event or making a donation to the organization please click on one of the buttons below!

Ubuntu Legacy Award


Photojournalist, Filmmaker, Founder | Editor-in-Chief of HYCIDE magazine

Akintola's work is heavily rooted in cross-cultural photojournalism; fine art photography; media coverage and documentation of quality of life, education and class issues.

His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions included such venues as The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, MoCADA Museum, City Without Walls, The New Jersey State Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, and the ‪Guggenheim Museum.

In 2005, Akintola directed and produced his first short film, comprised mostly of still photos; entitled FREEDOM OR EVERYBODY DIES.

Akintola's haunting still photos also heavily contributed to his critically acclaimed film, MORAL PANIC: More Heat Than Light. This documentary chronicled gang life and the challenges of prisoner societal reentry and was produced by the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

Akintola’s work has received favorable critical review and coverage by The New York Times, The Star Ledger, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, MTV and many others. His corporate commissions include projects for Prudential, Red Bull and Starbucks.

Akintola currently works as the resident documentarian at YouthBuild Newark, a diploma and life skill training program for at risk youth. In May of 2011 he launched HYCIDE, an online and print photojournalism and arts magazine dedicated to stories of survival and freedom. HYCIDE provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of marginalized people around the world and features the work of cutting edge emerging and established artists. The entire collection of HYCIDE was recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Newark Library, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the International Center of Photography, and the Library of Congress.



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