12-Year-old Made Almost $400,000 From Selling Whale NFTs During Vacations

Posted by Sama in News On 3rd September 2021
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This little kid decided to make use of his vacations and put his skills of coding to good use to earn thousands of dollars in return. After his successful Weird Whale project, Benyamin is now planning to start his next project based on a superhero-themed collection and he would also like to make an “underwater game” featuring the whales.

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While most of us prefer to stick to our screens during holidays or binge-watch shows, hardly making an effort to be creative, this 12-year old kid created a series of pixelated artworks called Weird Whales and sold them as digital tokens for a huge amount of money in return.

Reportedly, the kid is earned almost $400,000 selling Non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

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Benyamin Ahmed, a 12-year-old has created a series of 3,350 emoji-type artworks and sold them as digital tokens for a massive sum, which he is keeping in the crypto-currency Ethereum – he doesn’t have a traditional bank account.

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In an interview with the BBC, Benyamin and his father Imran, who is a software developer shared how learning code helped his son be creative in the field.

On teaching Benyamin and his brother Yousef, Imran said: “It was a little bit of a fun exercise - but I picked up on really early that they were really receptive to it and they were really good.”

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Benyamin, talking about his work and his achievement said making the whale collection was “interesting”.

“It was interesting to see all of them hatch, as they appeared on my screen slowly generating,” he said.

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Over the past few years, NFT trend has seen a jump start in which people can own digital artworks by purchasing them using different cryptocurrencies.

One of the memes, Doge was sold for $4m after its footage became viral, Charlie bit my finger also sold for $70k. 

Talking about his coding expertise, Benyamin added:

“My advice to other children that maybe want to get into this space is don’t force yourself to do coding, maybe because you get peer pressured - just as if you like cooking, do cooking, if you like dancing, do dances, just do it to the best of your ability,” he said.

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Weird Whales is actually Benyamin’s second digital-art collection. He previously made a Minecraft-inspired set that sold less well.

Now, the 12-year old is working on his third project, superhero themed collection, and not only this but he would also like to make an “underwater game” featuring the whales.

“That would be amazing,” he said.

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