12-year-old boy earns £290,000 by selling ‘Weird Whales’ NFTs
LONDON: Benyamin Ahmed, a 12-year-old boy has earned £290,000 through the sale of digital whale emojis named Weird Whales as Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs).
Benyamin Ahmed crafted the compilation of pixelated artwork and earned about £290,000.
The boy began coding since he was five years old after being supported by his father Imran, who is a software developer.
Ahmed first made a Minecraft-inspired digital-art collection that comprised of 40 colorful, pixelized avatars named Minecraft Yee Haa, but they did not sell. Later, he created Weird Whales and found great success.
For generating 3,350 emoji-type whales, Benyamin Ahmed used his program with popular pixelated whale memes and a famous digital-art style. Ahmed has used pixel art to design all the foundation layers for the whales and their traits.
“He then generated 3350 unique digital collectibles programmatically using an open-source Python script that he customized for his collection. It is the first instance of a Kawaii pixel whale used in a generative art project with custom on-chain and cryptographically secure provenance.” states his NFT website.
Currently, Ahmed is working on a superhero-themed digital art collection.
He doesn’t have a conventional bank account and uses a cryptocurrency wallet. Ahmed decided to keep his income as Ethereum, the cryptocurrency in which his collection of 3,350 whales was sold.
He learned about NFTs this year and told CNBC that he got interested in NFTs as everyone can transfer the ownership of an NFT by the blockchain.
Earlier this month, a Pakistani meme which had gone viral in 2015 September had bagged about Rs8.6 million after it was auctioned as a non-fungible token (NFT).
The meme with the text “Friendship ended with MUDASIR, Now SALMAN is my best friend” was posted by Muhammad Asif Raza Rana about six years ago and it not only went viral in Pakistan but in many other countries as well.