AN overjoyed Nimilote Naisorotabua stood as a crownless king to embrace the crowd after being declared King of the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North.
In his excitement Mr Naisorotabua forgot to receive his crown before leaving the stage, but was called back to the podium to be officially crowned by Northpole Hotel Owner, Vinesh Dayal.
The student of Holy Family Secondary School thanked God for his achievement during the week-long carnival in Subrail Park.
"I am proud and count this crown a blessing for the hard work that people have been putting up to prepare me for the carnival especially my family and sponsor Dee Zone Tyres," he said.
"The week-long carnival has opened new doors for me and it has really opened my eyes about the real need to protect our fragile ecosystem.
"I will work closely with conservation groups after my exams to raise more awareness on the protection of our environment, but for now it's simply back to school for me."
Meanwhile newly-crowned lady contestant winner Makelesi Raciri said it was an honour to have received the ladies' crown.
Ms Raciri added she felt blessed to have raised most needed awareness on environment conservation during the carnival.
"I thank my parents who had always been supporting me all along and my sponsors Northern Electrical and Naitik Motors," she said.
"Our environment is fragile and is destructible therefore we need to refrain from exploiting and taking it for granted.
"I will use this carnival and the title to further my work on conservation and raising awareness to the people of the friendly North."
Miss Northern Health Services Adi Vika Frances won the Miss Personality title while Miss Apco Coatings, Lice Kurisaru won the Miss Photogenic title in the queen categories.
Mr Dalip Chand and Sons Ltd Tevita Roqica won Mr Personality title in the Kings category.