Meet Benyamin Ahmed, the 12-year-old coder who earns over $400,000 in less than 2 months selling NFTs
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are all the rage these days. They’ve gone from cryptocurrency side projects to digital art collectors queuing up for hours online for a chance to buy some. NFTs are not just collectors, public figures like Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, and multi-billion dollar corporations like Visa are all jumping on the NFT bandwagon.
However, one thing is to find adults and big companies buying and selling NFTs, it’s another story to see a 12-year old getting into the NFT space. Benyamin Ahmed isn’t your average 12-year-old. While kids his age are busy playing video games, Ahmed was tapping into a cultural boom of the non-fungible tokens. NFT dominated the headlines back in March after a single piece of a non-fungible token (NFT) art sold at Christie’s Auction for a record-setting $69.3 million, making it the most expensive digital art ever sold.
NFT (non-fungible token) is a type of cryptographic token on a blockchain that represents a unique digital asset. This asset can either be entirely digital assets or tokenized versions of real-world assets. Because NFTs are not interchangeable with each other, they may function as proof of authenticity and ownership within the digital realm, for example as proof of the authenticity of rare art. NFT is a special type of token that lives on the Ethereum blockchain and proves digital ownership of its associated media.
“I first learned about NFTs earlier this year,” Ahmed tells CNBC Make It. “I got fascinated with NFTs because you can easily transfer the ownership of an NFT by the blockchain.”
Ahmed’s first NFT collection, which he launched earlier this summer, has 40 colorful, pixelized avatars called Minecraft Yee Haa, which “I created after spending too many hours playing Minecraft,” Ahmed says. He told CNBC that he created the artwork and coded each himself.
Minecraft Yee Haa floor above .5 ETH. 👀👀
My original plan was to create 10000 of these, but then I realised how hard it was to do manually and that other projects are using a #Python script.🤦♂️ #NFT #NFTCommunity #nftcollectorhttps://t.co/zArojEPAoc
— Benyamin | benoni.eth (@ObiWanBenoni) August 15, 2021
In a tweet below, Ahmed shared the first collection of NFTs he ever saw.
“One of my dad’s friends bought one for 5 figures. I instantly became fascinated. 😲🙂👍 ”
— Benyamin | benoni.eth (@ObiWanBenoni) August 19, 2021
Two months ago, Ahmed began to code Weird Whales, his second NFT collection, which features 3,350 pixelated whales, each with distinct traits. He later sold the 3,350 8-bit style whales at 0.025eth per unit in less than a day, which is approximately $248000 as of the time of writing. Ahmed only paid $300 in Ethereum gas fees for that sale.
That’s not all. When CNBC checked on him, Ahmed revealed another 30 ETH from commissions for sales in the secondary market. “Ahmed earns a 2.5% royalty on each secondary sale.” That’s $93000 at today’s prices. In less than two months, Ahmed has made over $400,000 of selling NFTs.