Namibian Ambassador Sophia-Namupa Nangombe said Monday she wants her nation to be seen as a success story rather than just another African country suffering from poverty, disease and starvation.

She expressed a strong belief in the nation's future but lamented Japan's lack of understanding about the southern African country, during a courtesy call to The Japan Times.

"It is one of our biggest challenges in Japan, to convey this message to the Japanese people," she said.