Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu was born in 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia. His name, "Al-Farouq" means "the chief has arrived." He is the son of Aboubakar and Anjirlic Aminu. Al-Farouq has two brothers. His older brother, Alade, played in the D-League and had a brief stint with the Heat in 2010. Aminu started his high school career at Wesleyan School in Peachtree, Georgia. After his freshman year, Aminu transferred to nearby Norcross High School. During his junior and senior seasons, Aminu led Norcross to back-to-back Georgia 5A state titles in 2007 and 2008. He attended college at Wake Forest. Since 2016, Aminu and his wife Helina Tekeste Aminu have led the Aminu Good Works Foundation, which organizes yearly basketball camps in Ibadan, Nigeria. While with the Trail Blazers, Aminu received the 2016-17 Maurice Lucas Award for his contributions on the court and in the community. Fans can follow Aminu on Twitter (@farouq1) and Instagram (@chiefhasarrived).