Akenzua II ascended to the position upon the death of his father, Oba Eweka II, who reigned from 1914 and died in 1933.
In 1936, Oba Akenzua II began the movement to return to Nigeria the Benin Bronzes stolen in the punitive Benin Expedition of 1897. During his reign, only two of the 3,000 royal court bronzes were returned.
Oba Akenzua II died in 1978, when he was succeeded by his son, then Prince Solomon, who took on the title of Oba Erediauwa and duties as the traditional leader of the Edo people in Benin City, Nigeria.
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