Akenzua II sometimes known as Okoro Edokporhogbunyunmwun was a successor of his father Eweka II to the throne of Oba of Benin. Before becoming Oba, he was trained in royal duties and was also well educated.
He was a prominent and salient figure in the nation's colonial and post colonial public life and was a member of the Western House of Chiefs and the Mid West House of Chiefs. He was also a cabinet minister in the Western region.
During the celebration of African arts and culture tagged Festac 77, he made available fine works of art from Benin for the celebration
He started his education at a few schools in Benin, including the Benin Government School and ended his formal education at King's College, Lagos where he succeeded academically and also in sports. He finished at King's College in 1918, and then started work as a transport clerk in the Benin native authority, he later worked as a secretary to his father. He also spent a few years in Abeokuta studying native administration before he was appointed as a district head of Ekiadolor and later given a traditional title. (1)
He was crowned the Oba of Benin in 1933 and was on the throne until 1978. He was a supporter of Benin arts and contributed to success of historian Egharevba's written works on Benin history.
- (1) Ioan Myrddin Lewis. 'History and Social Anthropology'. p 233.