Osemwende; Oba of Benin kingdom in present day Nigeria, originally known as Erediauwa, he was crowned with the title Oba Osemwende after the defeat of Oba Ogbebo. Osemwende ordered the Akure punitive expedition of 1818 to avenge the murder of Osague, the Benin empire goodwill ambassador to Akure, who was murdered on the order of Arakale, the Udezi of Akure. When the news of his murder got to Benin City, royal troops, under the command of Ezomo Erebo, assisted by Ologboshere and Imaran were sent to Akure. The town was captured, but the Arakale managed to escape to Ado-Ekiti. He was expelled by the Ewi of Ado for fear of invasion by Benin. Arakale fled from Ado to Urn, and later to Uhen, where he was handed over by the Arinjale of Uhen to Ezomo. Arakale was later tried and executed. He was succeeded by Oba Adolor  who reigned from 1848 to 1888.

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