Lupita Nyong'o and Peter Anyang Nyong'o*Lupita Nyong’o’s motivation behind her Oscar-winning performance in “12 Years a Slave” may have been more personal than suspected.

In an interview with The Independent, the actress’ father Peter Anyang Nyong’o revealed that that Lupita’s family suffered some of the same abuse that her character Patsey endured in the Steve McQueen-helmed feature.

“We were put into prison and the torture chambers by the regime, but it was like a dinner party when you compare it to what the slaves went through,” he told The Independent. Peter Nyong’o also shared his personal experience as he admitted to being tortured repeatedly while the body of Lupita’s uncle Charles Nyong’o was never found after he was attacked on board a ferry and tossed overboard.

Charles Nyong’o vanished in 1980 at a time described by Peter Nyong’o as being ‘difficult’ politically.

In addition to confirming the abuse, Peter Anyang Nyong’o, a leading Kenyan politician who serves on Kenya’s Senate, detailed the true extent of his family’s brutal treatment. To escape the abuse, the family fled to Mexico, where Lupita was born.

For more of Peter Anyang Nyong’o’s interview with The Independent, click here.