The most significant and most keenly followed political event of the year was the November 8 Presidential election in the United States.
The most significant and most keenly followed of them all was the November 8 Presidential election in the United States and the weeks leading up to the D-day.
It was a tense race, even for the farthest person from the US shores.
It was evident that the election was not just about America and Americans but about every citizen of the world, as all eyes were on the White House race and the two major contenders - Republican Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton of the Democratic Party.
Here are the top 10 Best political quotes of 2016, in no particular order:
1. "By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started. And through every victory and every setback, I've insisted that change is never easy, and never quick; that we wouldn't meet all of our challenges in one term, or one presidency, or even in one lifetime."
US President Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, July 8.
2. "I don't know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room."
Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari stated this in October while on an official visit to Germany, in reaction to his wife's criticism of his government.
The First Lady, Aisha Buhari, had warned her husband to shake up his cabinet, otherwise she wouldn’t support his second term run.
3. "Our motto is: When they go low, we go high."
First lady Michelle Obama, at the Democratic National Convention on July 25, ahead of the US Presidential election.
4. "I think he should step down now. He has lost the election, we don’t want to waste time, we want this country to start moving."
Adama Barrow, Gambia's President-elect says on December 12, in reaction to the reversal of incumbent President Yahya Jammeh's decision to concede defeat.
Jammeh has ruled the country for 22 years.
5. "Islamaphobia is a problem. But Muslims are a problem and we need to watch them and make sure they report each other."
Donald Trump said during the second US Presidential Debate.
6. "They have convicted an innocent person and carried out a parliamentary coup. I will not say goodbye to you. I am certain I can say: 'See you soon.'"
Dilma Rousseff, the impeached first female President of Brazil told her supporters while pledging to appeal her dismissal.
Brazil's Senate voted to remove Rousseff from office on August 31, for allegedly manipulating the budget.
7. "Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you."
Hillary Clinton ahead of the US Presidential election.
8. "I make this solemn pledge to you today – I will not let you down and will do all in my power to live up to your hopes and expectations."
Ghana's President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo after he was declared the winner of the Presidential election in the country on Friday, December 9.
9. "I think my strongest asset by far is my temperament. I have a winning temperament."
Donald Trump during the first US presidential debate on Monday, September 26, in New York.
10. "Why are you Americans killing the black people there, shooting them down when they are already on the ground? Answer that question, because even if it's just one or two or three, it is still human rights violations."
President of Philippine, Rodrigo Duterte, blasts the United State on August 21, over the incessant killings of black men by the Police.