Al-Farouq Aminu


Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu (born September 21, 1990) is an American-Nigerian professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays internationally with the Nigeria national basketball team (D'Tigers). Farouq was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2010 NBA draftwith the eighth overall pick, and has also played for the New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers.

He is descended from a line of Nigerian kings.His name translates to "the chief has arrived." (This also helps explain his nickname, "The Chief.") His brother, Alade Aminu, is also a professional basketball forward. 

Farouq and his wife's foundation, Aminu Good Works Foundation, organizes a yearly basketball camp in Nigeria since 2016. The camp takes place in Ibadan. The couple is blessed with a child.