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 also the sociopolitical and cultural realities of Southern Africa. He has undertaken extensive research on the discursive status of African systems of knowledge. Currently, he is studying sociological and political aspects in the field of innovations studies. As an academic, he has held the following research positions; overseas research fellow, National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) and fellow, Centre for Rhetoric Studies, University of Cape Town, 2002; visiting scholar, Smith College, U.S.A., 2003; visiting scholar, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, September to November, 2003; visiting fellow, African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2005. In addition, he was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, Durban for almost three years. He was also a senior researcher at the School for Graduate Studies, University of South Africa between 2007 and 2009. He joined the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI), Tshwane University of Technology as a research fellow in 2009. Between 2011 and 2012, he was a fellow of the Africa Institute for South Africa (AISA). At IERI, he teaches and co-ordinates courses on the M.Tech programme, Comparative Local Development.
His previous work has appeared in Transition, Socialism and Democracy, Research in African Literatures, QUEST: An African Journal of Philosophy, Africa Review of Books and the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Fiction. In 2010, a series of his articles on knowledge appeared in the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought. He is the author of Kwasi Wiredu and Beyond: The Text, Writing and Thought in Africa (2005), Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Shadow: Politics, Nationalism and the Ogoni Protest Movement (2007) Postethnophilosophy (2011) and African Postcolonial Modernity: Informal Subjectivities and the Democratic Consensus (2014).) He is also the editor of The Social Contract in Africa (2014).