A native of New Orleans, displaced to North Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina, Benjamin decided to attend Loyola University New Orleans to continue his academic and athletic career in the Fall of 2014. During his time at Loyola, Benjamin was immersed in many extracurricular activities throughout the campus while balancing his academic and athletic duties.
Benjamin’s time at Loyola did not lack adversity. He endured three major surgeries that threatened his basketball career and cost him his sophomore and junior seasons on the court. Standing strong in his faith, he used those trials to teach him about patience and hard work. By using his time wisely, he was able to strengthen his body, support his team, and focus on his studies while also being heavily involved in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Loyola Student Leadership Council, Residential Life, Black Student Union, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, National Society of Leadership and Success, and Chi Alpha Christian Organization.
Upon receiving his Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance on May 12, 2018, Benjamin immediately started a full time position as Business Manager and lead consultant for rapper “Aha Gazelle” and Aha Gazelle, LLC. In his first full year in this position music streaming numbers for Aha Gazelle grew from 1.5 million to 9 million worldwide with only 3 singles dropping in 2018 and a U.S. self funded tour.
In January of 2019, Benjamin had the rare opportunity to return to Loyola University New Orleans basketball for another semester to help lead the Wolfpack to their first ever SSAC Championship and Sweet 16 appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. While back in New Orleans, he was offered a financial planning position in the Central Business District.
Currently, in addition to the business management of Aha Gazelle, Benjamin is a financial planner for New York Life Insurance Company/NYLIFE Securities LLC. This allows him to show and equip clients with the benefits of being financially prepared for any and every situation.