The Benin Empire appointed as an Ambassador to Europe in 1526
Ohen Okun, the Olokun priest of Ughoton in today’s Edo State, Nigeria was appointed as the Benin Ambassador to Europe by then Oba of Benin, Oba Esigie in the year 1526AD.
Ohen Okun held in the historical records held of both Benin archives and also in the Portuguese history, he was the Olokun priest of the port town of Ughoton Benin. Oba Esigie the Great, who reigned between 1504 to 1549, who sent the Ohen Okun to Portugal as the Ambassador of Benin to the Portuguese Court.
When he was in Portugal the Portuguese Affonso .D. Aveiro remained in Benin as the Portuguese envoy. Ohen Okun was treated with respect in Portugal. Before he returned to Benin and is described as the first known Diplomat of Nigeria origin to Europe.