Billy Ndengeyingoma in a scene from 'Brief Tender Light,' 2023

Billy Ndengeyingoma in a scene from 'Brief Tender Light,' 2023
Courtest Arthur Musah

Rwandan student Billy Ndengeyingoma in a scene from the documentary Brief Tender Light (2023), directed by Arthur Musah.


Billy Ndengeyingoma '15, MCP '17 earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (2015) and a Master in Urban Studies and Planning (2017) from MIT. His undergraduate thesis "The Balance of Local Culture and Global Economic Development" examines the case of the Nyarugenge Heritage Village in Kigali, Rwanda, interrogating "the references to and the inclusion of heritage preservation in the planning priorities of a post-colonial, post-conflict and developing city like Kigali aiming to operate as a global city."

Ndengeyingoma was among the four African MIT undergraduates featured in Brief Tender Light (2023), a documentary by Ghanaian filmmaker Arthur Musah '04, MNG '05.

Timeline: 2020s
School: School of Architecture and PlanningSchool of Engineering
Department: Civil and Environmental EngineeringUrban Studies and Planning
Life: African Students' Association (ASA)
Career: Arts & HumanitiesCommunityEngineering
Object: Image
Collection: Africa(n), Rising Voices 1995-Present, Students