Al was born and raised in Dakar, Senegal. As a kid, he was intrigued by art and cartoons. He was also interested in the way buildings were designed and, eventually, he developed a keen interest in architecture. He received an Associate of Arts from Montgomery College and a Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University. In his free time, Al enjoys reading about the history of various arts and cultures. He also enjoys traveling, watching documentaries on various topics, and spending time with his family.