Connect with us


Nigerian Angie Nwandu of TheShadeRoom makes TIME’s 30 Most Influential people on the Internet alongside Kanye West, DJ Khaled & More | See Full List



Angie NwanduFor the second annual roundup of the most influential people on the Internet, TIME Magazine has profiled people that they believe are making a global impact on social media and people that have the ability to drive news.

The list includes the interesting 87-year old Helen Van Winkle (aka BaddieWinkle) from Tennessee boasts of about 1.8million instagram followers on her @baddiewinkle account which she started about two years ago to cope with the passing of her husband and son. Her followership has since grown and the octogenarian now attracts fashion campaigns and get invites to A-list events. Making the list of most influential people on the planet, Helen proves that there’s no time too late to be relevant.

Another interesting addition to the list is 25-year-old Nigerian-born American blogger Angie Nwandu of TheShadeRoom. According to TIME, “As more and more of our own daily interactions happen online, so, too, does celebrity drama. And Nwandu, 25, has made it her business to capture it. Two years ago, she started The Shade Room, an Instagram account and blog that aims to be like Page Six for celebrities on social media: a chronicle of who likes whose posts, who comments on whose photos, and who starts following (or better yet, unfollowing) each other. Since then, TSR has become a burgeoning media empire, replete with its own tipsters, staff (there are now four full-time employees), and advertisers—all of whom serve an audience of 3.9 million. And counting.”

Angie Nwandu

Angie Nwandu

See the full list below.

  1. Kanye West
  2. Joy Cho
  3. James Corden
  4. Laci Green
  5. Josh Holz and Daniel Lara
  6. DJ Khaled
  7. Johnetta Elzie and DeRay Mckesson
  8. K Rowling
  9. Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg (a.k.a PewDiePie)
  10. Donald Trump
  11. Lele Pons
  12. Cristiano Ronaldo
  13. Caitlyn Jenner
  14. Essena O’Neil
  15. Nerendra Modi
  16. Elsie Andrew
  17. Ken M
  18. Lily Singh (a.k.a Superwoman)
  19. Matt Drudge
  20. Angie Nwandu
  21. Andrew Bachelor (a.k.a King Bach)
  22. Kayla Itsines
  23. Peter Bouckart
  24. Kim Kardashian West
  25. Josh Ostrovsjy (a.k.a The Fat Jew)
  26. Drake
  27. Tess Holliday
  28. Helen van Winkle (a.k.a Baddiewinkle)

See what TIME has to say about each person here


  1. nene

    March 17, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    wow. she’s nigerian? i never knew. nigerians love gossip

    • Madam Ye...

      March 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Lol..I see what you did there!

  2. nnenne

    March 17, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    You go gurl!!!
    That’s how we roll.
    Great work ethic in whatsoever you do.

  3. SS

    March 17, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I have always known the founder is TSR would have Nigerian connections because she posts Nig news a times,well done girl

  4. Cher

    March 17, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    And she’s only 25!!! Yasssss girl do your thang!!!

    Also if you visit The Shade Room you will see that she has another Nigerian girl on staff there’s always articles by a girl name Chinwe !!!!! I love it .

  5. Celine Mademoiselle

    March 17, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Wow !!!
    I’m really impressed. I didn’t know the founder was a woman and a nigerian woman !
    Go on girl ! The sky is the limit !
    Inspiring <3 <3

  6. Karashika

    March 17, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    How awesome is this… You go girl

  7. Anon

    March 17, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    James Corden at number 3. Not bad. His carpool karaoke is a hit. from Gavin and Stacey to The Late Late Show,

    Fantastic for Angie Nwandu. 25 and making it. I wonder if she is from Enugu Ukwu.

    • NaijaPikin

      March 17, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      I wont be surprised if she’s from the Nwandu family in Enugu. They are a very large but close family.

  8. hezekina pollutina

    March 17, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    hey congrats girl! but this list get k-leg….i mean time magazine, ur credibility get as e be.

  9. nne

    March 18, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    This is great. Her story is very inspiring, she overcame a lot- her dad killed the mom and she and siblings entered foster care system. When i read her story i was in tears, so glad to see her business grow from strength to strength. More grease lady.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tangerine Africa

Star Features