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

milk shakeThe 23-year-old said time spent in prison for driving offences forced him to spend time alone and reassess his life.

He said: “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, Mr Wasim, attended Wilberforce Primary School in Queen’s Park, before attending North Westminster School, followed by John Kelly, now Crest Academy, and finishing in a pupils’ referral unit.

After he 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.

He said: “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.”