During his school holidays, this 12-year-old boy from London made $400,000 by creating and selling NFTs of pixelated whales.

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What were you doing when you were 12 years of age? Probably playing around in your PJs the whole day long! However, doing way more than just that is Benyamin Ahmed, who recently made a fortune by selling NFTs on the internet! Yes, that’s right!

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While adults are still trying to wrap their head around the whole and sole of Non Fungible token, the pre-teen boy has managed to design and sell not one but two virtual collections – the first being an assortment of pixelized avatars called Minecraft Yee Haa and the second being a cluster of 3,350 pixelated whales, each with distinct traits.

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One to learn quick, the 12-year-old took fancy to coding at the age of 5 after watching his father, Imran, work as a web developer. At first, he learned HTML and CSS and continued to advance his coding skills, later learning JavaScript and other programs. Soon enough, he forayed into the world of NFTs as well.

Commenting on it, the humble Ahmed, however, said, “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.”

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Remarking on his sale, Ahmed, in a statement to CNBC, said, “I first learned about NFTs earlier this year…I got fascinated with NFTs because you can easily transfer the ownership of an NFT by the blockchain.” He further added, “My brother and my dad were very excited and fascinated at how they came out. We did some work on the website and the smart contract and posted a thread on Twitter.”

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While creating the collection cost the 12-year-old all of $300, he managed to sell it over $350,000 to date and, by the end of August, projects his total earnings to be over $400,000. Ahmed is already working on another NFT project and hopes that many more successful NFT collections will have a meme component to them, just like the Weird Whales!

[Via: BBC]

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