Ndingi was born in a small village called Sambyu in the Kavango region. His father was a carver, blacksmith, instrument maker and musician. His mother was a housewife and loved to sing. Ndingi is the oldest of seven children. He has two brothers and four sisters. He attended school in Rundu and graduated at grade 10, left Rundu to work in the Khomas Highlands and later started on a vegetable farm next to Omaruru. He met Paulo Cashinga and the other carvers of Tikoloshe Afrika. Initially a day labourer, Ndingi was busy digging up a large, dry old camel thorn tree for several months.
After not getting tired of this work, Paul Goldbach offered him a job as a carver in the team. This turned out to be a lucky strike (we later carved a 2 – 3 meter big group of monkeys from the camel thorn roots). Ndingi is a fan of FC Bayern Munich. Ndingi married in December 2002 and now has three children. Two boys and a girl, 25, 22 and 20 years old respectively. His favorite carvings are warthogs, rhinos, elephants and turtles. The viewer recognizes the works by their edged, rough style.