DUDUS: The man who holds a nation hostage …

Christopher 'Dudus' Coke

Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke is not one of those flashy dons who one sees at every dance or nightclub ‘flossing’ with bottles of high-priced liquor and scores of scantily dressed girls in his entourage.

Unlike other dons, such as the late William ‘Willie Haggart’ Moore, Dudus will party quietly, and most times, you won’t even know that he is at the dance. He is also not one of those dons who crave the attention of the media while flaunting power.  You would not find him following in the footsteps of the incarcerated Donald ‘Zekes’ Phipps, who would pose for the television cameras and boast about what he had done or would be doing.

“You know that I don’t talk to the media,” is the stock response from Dudus on the few occasions journalists have been able to get close enough to ask him questions.  But none of the numerous dons, strongmen or area leaders Jamaica has produced has wielded the influence of Coke – a man people call ‘Shortman’, ‘Presi’, ‘Bossy’, or just plain ‘Dudus’.

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