Leader of Aminifu's herd
Ma Tembo (daughter)
During Scar's reign, Aminifu and his herd vacated the Pride Lands. However, when Simba returned and restored the kingdom to its former glory, Aminifu was the first animal willing to return, which prompted other Pride Landers to follow suit. Upon his death, Simba was deeply aggrieved and agreed to give a royal tribute at his funeral.
|“||Simba: We have a funeral to attend. My friend, Aminifu, passed away.
Kiara: I remember him.
Kion: He was a wise elephant.
Simba: Yes, he helped the Pride Lands return to normal after Scar was defeated. Once the elephants returned, all the other animals followed. The Circle of Life came back into balance. And now, Aminifu has completed his part of the Circle of Life.
Aminifu lived in the Pride Lands. He was the leader of a herd of elephants who were based in Kilio Valley. During Scar's reign, he and his herd vacated the kingdom alongside many Pride Landers. After Scar's defeat, he was the first animal willing to return, which inspired the other herds to do the same. He took a mate, with whom he had a daughter: Ma Tembo.
When Aminifu passed away, his old friend Simba agreed to make a tribute at his funeral. Before leaving the Pride Lands, Simba explained to his cubs, Kiara and Kion, how Aminifu had helped bring the Pride Lands back into balance after the reign of Scar, for he and his herd had been the first of the animals to return to the kingdom.
When Simba arrived at Kilio Valley with Nala and Zazu, he saw members of Aminifu's herd leaving flowers on the old elephant's body while his daughter, Ma Tembo, stood watch. Saddened by the sight, Simba led Nala and Zazu down into the valley.
After the flower ceremony, Simba gathered the herd to give his tribute. He started by recounting his friendship with Aminifu and how he would always remember the old elephant fondly. However, when he attempted to give the standard elephantese tribute of "He had good on him," he accidentally said, "He had poop on him."
Though horrified at this turn of events, Simba began to smile as the herd broke into laughter. Ma Tembo then explained that her father always used to have excrement on him and that it had made them laugh. She fondly added that he had always been making them laugh. When Simba still looked unsure, Ma Tembo thanked him for the tribute, and Simba commented that Aminifu certainly had had good on him. Ma Tembo agreed and playfully added that he had had more excrement on him than good.
Aminifu was a large elephant with gray skin and white tusks. He had pale spots on his back, head, and sides.
Personality and traits
|“||Simba: Well, he...he had good on him, too.
Ma Tembo: He did. He truly had good on him. But more poop!
The accounts of Aminifu's friends indicate that he was knowledgeable and wise, for he was the first animal to return to the Pride Lands after the defeat of Scar. Despite this more serious side to his personality, Aminifu was known for being bumbling and comical, for he constantly had excrement all over him, which was the cause of much laughter among his herd.
- Aminifu's name means "upright, trustworthy, clean, loyal, straight" in Swahili.