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Ex-prisoner, 23, opens milkshake bar to inspire young people

SHAKING IT UP: The owner of Milk Sheikh in Harlesden Prince Wasim [Photo credit: The Kilburn Times/Adam Tiernan Thomas]

A YOUNG businessman who was kicked out of school and spent some time in jail, has opened up his own milkshake bar in London to inspire young people.

Prince Wasim, 23, opened Milk Sheikh in Harlesden, northwest London, last week to give young people a place to go and deter them from crime, The Kilburn Times reported.

The 23-year-old spent time in prison for driving offences, and this time alone forced him to reassess his life.

After reading up on entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson and Lord Alan Sugar, Wasim opened Milk Sheikh, serving waffles, crepes, deserts and many varieties of milkshake.

He told the Times: “I’m a changed person. I got kicked out of school and went to a pupil referral unit but I’ve still made it, got a degree at uni.

“Sitting in prison alone having some me time made me realise that there’s a lot more to life than just hanging around with the wrong crowd and taking life for granted. Life is what you make it.”

Growing up with his mother, a tailor and father, who owns a community centre and two siblings, graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in international business and finance, he started “buying and selling cars” before he ended up in prison.

Now married, Wasim continued: “At school I got involved in fighting, stuff like that, getting in trouble with teachers. Normally kids get into drugs but I never did that. I was a young car fanatic, I did things like get my mummy’s car and take it without her knowing. I wanted to be cool; I wanted girls to see me in a car. I don’t want the younger generation to think any of that’s cool. What’s cool is opening up something for your community.”

He added: “Harlesden doesn’t have anything like this.

"I’m not a chef, but this is easy.

“A lot of school children come in and I get into conversation with them. It’s a place for them to go. They see rappers and think all that sort of stuff is glamorous and cool.

“I tell them no, owning a business is cool.”

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