Patrick Ibeakamma Acholonu (1907-2003) was a paramount ruler who held the title of Igwe of Orlu, he was also a one time chairman of the Orlu County Council and the Orlu Village Council. Before his death in 2003, he was one of the longest reigning monarchs in the country, serving the Orlu community from 1937-2003.
Acholonu was born in Orlu to the family of Acholonu Durojinnaka. He married Lucy Nwagbo in 1926, among the couple's children is Pats Acholonu, justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and Douglas Acholonu, a former Imo State deputy governor.
He had his education at St Joseph's School, Umuna, Orlu.
He the grand father of the current Igwe of Orlu, HM (Dr.) Patrick Chinedu Acholonu.