The cryptocurrency world is full of twists and turns. Previously, we shared with you Elon Musk’s decision that rocked this peculiar world of cryptocurrency. Today, we will describe the surprising experience of a young boy, who pocketed a nice sum of money thanks to his artworks.
The story of Benyamin Ahmed and the NFT
As reported by the BBC, a 12-year-old boy named Benyamin Ahmed earned £290,000 (about €338,000) after creating 3,350 drawings of whales, called “Weird Whales”. Thanks to NFTs (non-fungible tokens), the boy was able to “tokenize” them (since it is possible to “tokenize” works of art), i.e. create a digital certificate of ownership for them, before reselling them. Benyamin Ahmed thus kept his recently obtained earnings in the form of Ethereum, which is the cryptocurrency with which his “Weird Whales” were sold.
Twelve-year-old boy makes £290,000 from whale NFTs https://t.co/WIauqHMXV2
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) August 27, 2021
Benyamin’s father, Imran, a software developer who works in traditional finance, encouraged Benyamin and his brother, Yousef, to start coding at the age of five and six, with 20 or 30 minutes of coding exercises a day (including vacations). Imran said for the BBC:
It was a bit of a fun exercise – but I realized very quickly that they were very receptive and they were very good. So we started to get a little more serious – and now it’s every day. (…) You can’t say “I’m going to learn coding in three months.
“Weird Whales” is Benyamin’s second collection of digital art, after a first set inspired by Minecraft, which didn’t sell as well. This time, the boy was inspired by a pixelated whale meme image, and a popular digital art style, and used his own program to create the set of 3,350 emoji whales. Benyamin is already working on his third collection, which will be superhero themed. He would also like to create an “underwater game” featuring whales.
The works of Benyamin Ahmed.
Imran is “100% sure” that his son has not violated copyright law, and has even hired lawyers to “audit” his son’s work, as well as to get advice on how to register his designs. Benyamin Ahmed, meanwhile, said:
My advice to other kids who may want to get into this space is don’t force yourself to do coding, maybe because you’re under peer pressure – just like if you like to cook, do cooking, if you like to dance, do dancing: do it to the best of your ability.
A tip for any kids who might want to use him as an example. And if you want to learn more about the NFT principle, we invite you to read our previous article on the subject.
Translated from Hitek