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Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Humanities in Africa, University of Cape Town

Sanya Osha holds a PhD in Philosophy and taught the discipline in Nigerian universities for a decade. He has published extensively on anthropology, cultural studies, knowledge systems of Africa, the politics of the West African region, and the sociopolitical and cultural realities of Southern Africa. He has undertaken extensive research on the discursive status of African systems of knowledge. He also spent a decade studying and teaching the sociological and political aspect of innovations studies. As an academic, he has held research positions at Smith College in the USA, the University of Groningen and the African Studies Centre in the Netherlands, and in South Africa at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of South Africa, and the Africa Institute for South Africa. At the Institute for Humanities in Africa, he works on various aspects of the "On Being Human" project and strengthening the publications arm and profile of the institute.
He is the author of several books including Postethnophilosophy (2011) and Dust, Spittle and Wind (2011), An Underground Colony of Summer Bees (2012) and Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Shadow (Expanded Edition)(2021).


  • –present
    Research fellow, University of Cape Town


  • 2002 
    University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Philosophy